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Tigerfest goers should beware of increased DUI patrols

Tomorrow is Tigerfest at Towson University. At 3:30 p.m., people from all over the area will cram into Johnny Unitas Stadium to see acts like Breathe Carolina, Super Mash Bros and headliner Wiz Khalifa. In addition to the musical acts, there will be activities like an obstacle course and a fortune teller, as well as a beer tent for those who are 21 or older. When the beer garden closes at 8 p.m., however, make sure you have a safe ride home.

At music festivals like Tigerfest, many people like to enjoy a few drinks while they watch the performances. Consuming too many beers and then getting behind the wheel, however, could lead to trouble. Maryland State Police and Baltimore County Police announced today that they will be increasing drunk driving patrols between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. tomorrow night. Police say they will focus their efforts on larger roads around Towson and Timonium.

When police announce a crackdown on drunk driving, it is important to take it seriously. As many people who have been arrested for DUI know, even the smallest sign of intoxication can prompt an officer to pull you over. Forgetting to turn on your lights at night or failing to signal for a lane change are two examples of minor offenses that can lead to a drunk driving charge.

If you are pulled over for drunk driving this weekend, there are a few things you should know. First, you should not tell police that you have been drinking or using drugs. If the officer asks you take a field sobriety test or a breath test, protect yourself by telling the officer you want to cooperate but will not submit to either test. Finally, if you are charged with drunk driving, talk to an attorney about what your best options are.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Extra DUI patrols scheduled this weekend for Towson, Timonium," Jon Meoli, April 18, 2013

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