90% of defendants charged with a DWI were not initially stopped by an officer because of suspicion of intoxication.
Obviously, the best decision is to not drive if you have been drinking. However, as long as you have not reached the point of intoxication, you may legally choose to drive.
Of course, your opinion that you are not intoxicated, or drunk, or that you are okay to drive does not carry a lot of weight with police officers and will not prevent you from being arrested for a DWI.
There is no magic formula for avoiding a DWI, but you can increase your odds dramatically if you remember to practice the fundamentals.
You will get pulled over for mainly three traffic offenses when you have been drinking, not because of intoxication:
- Not using your turn signal
- Failing to drive in a single lane marked for traffic
These simple mistakes are what draw police officers attention to your vehicle as well as give them a legal reason to pull you over.
After you are stopped and the officer notices alcohol on your breath it is merely a matter of time before you are arrested for DWI. These traffic offenses can easily be avoided with some common sense. Most offenders find it frustrating to know that their DWI arose out of neglecting the fundamentals.
Remember, when you are driving after consuming alcohol, remove all distractions. No telephone calls, no messing with your radio and absolutely no texting!
There is no neon sign hovering above your car that alerts officers of your choice to drive after drinking- it’s neglecting the simple habits above that land you in a jail.
If you do make the poor decision to drive after drinking, please remember the fundamentals. They may seem like easy habits to practice but the more cases I see come across my desk, the more I realize we all just need an occasional friendly reminder.
When you get home safe and alive, so does the rest of the world.