While drinking and driving is never a good idea, we often hear stories about people who got pulled over for suspected drunk driving even though they weren’t drunk. Technically, a person doesn’t even need to be above the legal limit in order to be charged with a DUI, which some of our readers may not realize. If a police officer claims that you were impaired when he or she pulled you over, you could actually be convicted of a drunk driving offense if you have some measurable percentage of blood alcohol content in your body.
With that being said, even if you only had a glass of wine an hour ago and feel completely sober, it may be helpful to follow some tips provided by the National Motorists Association so you do not get pulled over.
First and probably the most obvious: obey traffic laws. When you are driving, wear your seatbelt and make sure to stop at all streetlights. Don’t forget to signal and make sure to stop long enough at all stop signs. Unfortunately, if you are being too cautious, such as signaling a turn too early, that could also raise suspicion.
Another important aspect to take into consideration is the maintenance of your vehicle. Before you head out, make sure all of your lights are working, including those tiny license plate lights. Also make sure that your license plate is properly attached. If police officers feel you may be intoxicated but do not see you breaking any traffic laws, they may try to find something wrong with your vehicle that warrants a stop.
Finally, make sure to consider where you are driving and during what time of the day. It makes sense that you may have a higher chance of being pulled over during a weekend night. Police officers are often in full force during bar hours, around special event venues and during certain holidays. If you can find a less-traveled route that avoids bar-concentrated areas, you may be able to avoid an encounter with a police officer.
In the end, you may do everything right and still end up being pulled over and accused of drunk driving. If that stop results in a drunk driving charge, it’s important to discuss your case with an attorney.