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phillips, hunt & walker Thanksgiving and Driving Under the Influence

The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest drinking and party nights of the year.  It is second to New Years Eve.  It is know as “Black Wednesday” or “Blackout Wednesday” in some circles.  And then there is Thanksgiving, where overindulgence is traditional.  Finally, there is “Black Friday,” one of the biggest shopping days of the year where some take a break from the madness to take the edge off.  It all adds up to more impaired drivers than usual. Don’t do it.

If you’ve had a drink or two, beware of DUI checkpoints in Jacksonville, the beaches, downtown, Orange Park, St. Augustine and surrounding areas. The Florida Highway Patrol will be supplementing its drunken driving unit with other troopers during the holidays starting Wednesday. We recommend calling a cab or Tow to Go.

Safe Rides

tow to goAAA will also be offering their Tow to Go service to make sure drivers have a safe ride home. Whether you are a AAA member or not, you can call for a Tow to Go ride at (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246, anytime Wednesday through Saturday night and AAA will safely transport you and your vehicle home or somewhere safe within 10 miles.

Dos and don’ts if you get pulled over

If stopped for a DUI, you generally should:
  • Be polite to the police officer, move slowly and make sure you have your license and registration ready.
  • Realize you are likely on videotape as most police cars record stops.
  • If interrogated, mention that you are nervous and ask if you can call your lawyer.  You may not be entitled to do so, but it shows you are prudent.
  • Cooperate at all times, including when being handcuffed.
  • Give careful answers to questions.
You generally should not: 
  • Beg the officer to let you go.
  • Apologize to the officer or accept any liability.  In fact, simply be quiet.
  • Admit what you have been drinking, discuss where you have been and never say anything to the effect of “I couldn’t even do that sober…”  Speak in generalities when you have to speak.
  • Start crying and trying to negotiate or bargain with the officer.
  • Tell the officer you’re going to lose your job, your occupation, your career or your spouse.
  • Mention that you know his supervisor or others on the police force or government.

Injury or Trouble? Call Us

John has already gotten a call from someone taken to the hospital this weekend. We are available 24/7/365 by calling 904-444-4444 and leaving a message with our answering service if we do not pick up during the holiday weekend or by emailing

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