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Common Driving Behaviors that Lead to a DUI Arrest

When it comes to DUIs in Florida, law enforcement officials must have “reasonable suspicion” to pull over a suspected drunk driver before making an arrest. Reasonable suspicion is often established when a motorist commits a traffic violation or otherwise operates a vehicle in a manner that a police officer—based on his/her training and experience—would believe the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created a list consisting of more than 100 visual cues for spotting drunk drivers that law enforcement officials use. Officers believe that motorists who demonstrate these signs are more than likely to be intoxicated while behind the wheel.

The following are four major signs of drunk driving:

  1. Difficulties staying within a driving lane – Intoxicated motorists have a hard time maintaining proper lane position or while switching lanes. Common examples of this type of behavior include weaving through traffic at high speeds or without signaling, swerving, drifting close to one side of the road, making turns that are too wide.
  2. Problems with accelerating and braking – Drunk drivers have difficulties judging distance and speed while on the road, resulting in speed and stopping issues. Common examples of braking difficulties include stopping the vehicle too quickly, stopping the vehicle well beyond or before the intersection, or stopping the vehicle at an odd angle. Common examples of speeding issues include driving more than 10 miles per hour or greater/lower than the posted speed limit, driving an inconsistent speed, or sudden acceleration and deceleration without reason.
  3. Judgment problems – Since operating a vehicle consists of making a series of judgments, motorists must always be alert and safe. However, drunk drivers typically act recklessly by taking more risks. Common examples include tailgating, committing traffic violations, or making unsafe lane changes.
  4. Awareness issues – Driving takes vigilance, which is why drivers who lack the awareness of road conditions could be impaired by alcohol. Common examples include delayed responses to traffic lights and signs, using the wrong turn signal when changing lanes or making turns, or driving at night without first turning on your headlights.

Once the police pull over a suspected drunk driver, an officer will conduct an investigation to determine if the motorist is intoxicated. Common signs of intoxication include the smell of alcohol coming from the driver or inside the vehicle, delayed responses to questions by officers, slurred speech, and poor motor skills.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Miami, contact Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. today at (305) 670-9919 and schedule a free consultation to learn about your legal options.

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