The Driving Signs That Make a Cop Suspicious of Intoxication

Police officers spend their late nights and early mornings consistently patrolling the streets for suspicious drivers. They leave the station with the full intention of seeking after drivers who are intoxicated and pulling them over to perform a sobriety test. The officers go through thorough training in order to learn how to spot the slightest bit of suspicious driving, in which they then tail the driver until they can determine if they believe the driver is intoxicated or not.

DWI lawyers at The Wilder Law Firm make it a point to inform their clients of how a police officer notices someone driving while intoxicated. After all, it is a huge part of building a case for the client in court because there are many instances where a police officer had little reason to pull over a driver and then gave them a DWI charge. This often happens the morning after a night of drinking when the driver is on his or her way home and still has alcohol in their system despite being able to fully function.

Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following driving tendencies are what DWI lawyers tell their clients to be careful not to do the next time around:

  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Straddling the center or lane marker
  • Appearing to be drunk
  • Almost striking object or vehicle
  • Weaving
  • Driving outside the designated roadway
  • Swerving
  • Slow speed (more than 10 mph below limit)
  • Stopping (without cause) in traffic lane
  • Drifting
  • Following too closely
  • Tires on center or land marker
  • Braking erratically
  • Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
  • Signaling inconsistent with driving actions
  • Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane)
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Accelerating or decelerating rapidly
  • Headlights turned off at night

Many of these symptoms, such as following too closely, swerving, or driving slower than the speed limit are common every day tendencies and don’t necessarily mean that the driver is under the influence, but it is important for you to avoid them, especially after a long night of drinking. DWI lawyers stress to their clients that the need to avoid causing any reason for questioning is crucial to not drawing attention to themselves. Don’t risk getting pulled over and having to take a breathalyzer test by speeding, tailgating someone because they cut you off, or not using your signal, all of these reasons can be easily avoided.

While you should never drive after consuming alcohol, the DWI lawyers at The Wilder Law Firm understand that people make this mistake every day. We do not condone driving while intoxicated but we understand that many people drive the day after drinking unaware of the fact that alcohol is still in their system and can still affect the way they drive.

Give yourself the best chance at avoiding a DWI charge by getting a ride home or spending the night at a friend’s house, drinking a lot of water to help flush the alcohol out of your system, and not going behind the wheel until you are sure you’re free of the effects of it.

Consult with our DWI lawyers for advice regarding your DWI charge, we will provide you exemplary service; helping you expunge your charge, as well as provide you with insight in order to make sure this costly mistake isn’t reoccurring.