Police departments around the nation are in the midst of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. This is a good time for people in New Hampshire to make plans for sober rides home on the New Year’s Eve holiday. Police officers around Derry and elsewhere will be more watchful than usual for signs of impairment.

Everyone in New Hampshire should remember that this campaign doesn’t only focus on drunk drivers. It also includes high drivers, which is important considering the changing marijuana laws all around the country. If you are heading out to a party to ring in the new year, make sure that you’ve figured out how you are going to get home if you are planning on drinking alcohol or taking anything that might impair your driving abilities.

There are plenty of options for people who need to get home after they’ve had a little too much fun. One of the more common is having a designated driver get them home. If you didn’t make this plan, you can also call for a ride share or use public transit. If the party is at a person’s home, you might even ask if you can sleep there until you are able to make it home.

With the uptick in patrols aimed at arresting drunk drivers, everyone needs to avoid driving if they’ve had any impairing substances. If you are pulled over and end up going to jail, you should start thinking about your defense. Some aspects of drunk driving cases, such as the administrative components, have time-sensitive elements.