Drunk Driving Defense, DUI Arrest - FAQs

1. What patterns do police officers look for when searching out intoxicated drivers on the road?

The following list, from most likely sign to least likely sign, is the possible signs of a drunken driver. This list was developed by the National Highway Traffic Administration)

  • Negotiating a wide turn
  • Straddling along the central marker between the lanes
  • Appearing to be Drunk
  • Near misses or hitting either another vehicle or an object
  • Weaving between lanes
  • Driving off of designated highway
  • Swerving within the lane lines
  • Speeding over 10 mph above the designated speed limit
  • Questionable stops in traffic lanes
  • Tailgating
  • Drifting
  • Driving over center marker between lanes
  • Excessive braking
  • Driving against traffic
  • Questionable signaling
  • Delayed reaction to traffic signals
  • Inappropriate stopping or slowing
  • Illegal or unwarranted turns
  • Accelerating or slowing down quickly
  • Driving without headlights on

It should be that excessive speeding is not a major symptom. Speeding requires quick reflexes and strong judgment, traits that are usually typical of a sober individual.

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