Crack-down on drunk driving starts this week
A press release put out today by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department offers some tips on what not to do if you find yourself a wee tipsy behind the wheel:
"Law enforcement will be on the look out for drivers who display common impaired driving characteristics -- swerving, driving erratically, or driving too slow for traffic."
Got that? Contrary to popular mythology, you're better off driving five mph over the speed than 5 mph under. Also: probably a good idea to wear a seatbelt; as of June 9, Minnesota has a primary seat belt law, meaning authorities can pull over motorists for not buckling up.
If you get pulled over and there's a chance you be a bit over the limit, here's what to do: politely refuse the Breathalyzer test in the squad car. Tell the officer you'd prefer to blow at the station. Once there, insist on speaking with an attorney before going through with it. Just don't be a dick about it. And act like you know what you're talking about. Dazzling your captors with pseudo-legal jargon might--might!--buy you enough time to get your BAC down to government-approved levels, especially if said captors are rookies, stupid, or both.