Several of the local law enforcement agencies have announced enhanced DUI enforcement over the Labor Day holidays.
Sarasota Police Department and the agencies in Lee County, including the Lee County Sheriff’s department are expected to have enhanced DUI programs. Labor Day Long Weekend is September 1-2-3-4-5 2016. If you are going to party this weekend, plan on taking Uber or a Taxi. Many people are used to taking a cab or Uber at night, but few think to use it after a day of partying at the beach, a picnic or a boating outing.
In Lee County, including Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Pine Island and the areas around Pine Island Sound you can also expect the marine units to be checking boaters for drinking and boating.
If you go out on a boat for the Holiday and take a cooler of beer you could be in for a surprise. If the marine patrol stops you and sees a bunch of empty beer cans or bottles you may find yourself escorted to shore for sobriety exercises. The problem is that if you have spent time on the water, your face will be red. Your eyes will be watery from the salt spray and your balance may be a little woozy from hours at sea. If you put this on top of a stack of beer cans you may find yourself arrested for boating under the influence. If you throw beer cans overboard, you are littering. If you keep them on the boat you run the risk of making law enforcement think you are drunk. If you get stopped on the water and there is any doubt about your sobriety you may well consider refusing to perform any landside sobriety exercises. It is never wise to admit to any drinking. Your answers will be misconstrued by officers eager to make a bust or an arrest.
Have a great and safe holiday. It is hard not to have a few “cool ones” if you are out for a day of fishing, diving or partying. Please be careful and drink responsibly. We once defended a boater in a kayak for boating under the influence.
The zero tolerance over the holiday makes it even more dangerous to mix alcohol with either driving or boating. Be careful.
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