As barrel-tasting season rolls around, residents and visitors to Sonoma
County should keep in mind the dangers of getting behind the wheel after
drinking. It can be hard for many to gage or assess how much they have
had to drink, especially when seeking to get the full experience that
these festive wine tasting events can offer.
Just as many wine lovers are aware of these events, police officers also
flock out to Sonoma County at this time of year. However, they are coming
for much different reasons. Law enforcement is aware of the fact that
many local and out of town visitors will be drinking more than usual during
the festivities that the 37
th annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting event has to offer over the next two weekends.
California Highway Patrol officers are brought in for the event, and private
security companies are placed in downtown Healdsburg to ensure no incidents
CHP’s intentions will be focused on pulling over drivers who have
had too much to drink, though. In many cases, law enforcement will even
set up DUI checkpoints in close proximity to the event to ensure that
no one is on the road while intoxicated. This means you could be easily
pulled over, just for driving nearby the barrel-tasting event.
Plan Ahead for Your Wine Tasting Events
If you are planning on attending any of the tasting events between March 6
th and the 15
th, you are encouraged to remain aware of the dangers of drinking and driving.
While everyone strives for responsible drinking, sometimes a person may
unintentionally drink one glass too many. The best way to avoid DUI during
this time is to plan ahead.
Do the following to make sure you are safe:
- Eat plenty of snacks or food while enjoying your wine
- Avoid drinking too fast or going beyond “your limit”
- Set up a designated driver amongst your friends or call a cab
- Look up if any DUI checkpoints will be set up and avoid those areas
Even if you are not above the legal limit, if you get stopped at a DUI
checkpoint and officers believe you may be “impaired,” they
can charge you with
DUI. That is why it is so crucial that you make plans to avoid these risks,
such as calling an Uber driver or taking an alternative route home to
avoid any complications.
If you find yourself facing DUI charges following the upcoming barrel-tasting
events, make sure you
The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia for trusted counsel backed by more than a decade of experience.