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When can police pull you over on suspicion of drunk driving?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2022 | DUI

Increased drunk driving patrols are common during the holiday season. Police officers will look for signs that a driver is impaired and initiate a traffic stop if they spot any of those. 

Other reasons the police might come into contact with an impaired driver are during a sobriety checkpoint, if an accident occurs, or when there’s something else amiss about the vehicle. For example, a burned out headlight could lead to a routine traffic stop.

What are some signs of drunk driving officers will look for?

There are some signs that provide reasonable suspicion that a driver is impaired. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Swerving or straddling the center line
  • Nearly hitting objects on the side of the road
  • Failing to obey traffic signals and signs
  • Stopping without having a valid cause
  • Leaving lights off when they’re needed
  • Driving too fast or too slow for the current conditions

After they stop the vehicle, they will try to determine what’s going on. If they still suspect impairment, they will investigate more. They may request a field sobriety test or a chemical test. Roadside breath tests aren’t admissible in court so they may ask you to take one on a stationary and larger machine or ask you to take a blood or urine test.

Drunk driving charges must be taken seriously. You have to evaluate your options to determine what impact they have now and in the future. Because some options have time limits, you should think about your defense as soon as possible.