Many people who drive drunk regularly assume that simply staying in the lane and checking their brake lights will prevent an arrest. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a study that revealed more than 100 clues officers use to spot drunk drivers. The consequences of driving while intoxicated are far too severe to take the risk, but if you face these charges, there may be a defense that works in your favor.
Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law is a White Plains DWI lawyer who can evaluate your arrest, gather evidence and aggressively fight for a positive outcome. Even if you failed the breathalyzer, there may be a defense that applies to your case.
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Here are four visual cues that officers use to spot drunk drivers:
- Difficulty Staying within Lanes
Intoxicated drivers often have difficulty staying in one lane. In fact, according to the NHTSA study, weaving is one of the most accurate signs of intoxication.
- Abnormal Braking and Accelerating
Impaired drivers may find it difficult to judge distance and speed. They often drive too fast or too slow. They have trouble stopping properly and may do so at odd angles or noticeably far from the curb. Drunk drivers are also notorious for making quick, jerky stops and stopping long before or after a traffic line.
Officers also look for strange acceleration patterns. Changing speed suddenly – for no obvious reason – is a sign of intoxication.
Police also look for drivers who speed inconsistently, randomly braking and accelerating. Driving too slowly is a sign of intoxication, as well. Drunk drivers have a tendency to drive slower than the speed limit in order to avoid suspicion.
- Lack of Vigilance or Awareness
Intoxicated drivers are notorious for not noticing road conditions or traffic signs. They often drive the wrong way, react slowly, signal intentions incorrectly or drive without their headlights on.
- Risky Behaviors
Alcohol is called “liquid courage” for a reason, and people who drink and drive often can become complacent behind the wheel. For example, they may attempt to overtake a vehicle on a busy roadway. Officers watch for poor and reckless decision-making because it is a sign of intoxication.
The vast majority of people who face DWI charges have been intoxicated behind the wheel several times before the arrest. If a friend or family member intends to drive drunk, ask them to consider alternatives such as taking a taxi or spending the night.
If you are facing DWI charges in New York, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law. Mr. DeUrso is a criminal attorney in White Plains who can develop a comprehensive defense based on the unique facts of your case. The legal system can be unpredictable, but Mr. DeUrso can help you avoid mistakes that could compromise your interests. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation.