Tips for Avoiding a DUI

by jeremy on April 5, 2012

Of course, the best way to avoid being arrested for driving under the influence is to simply not get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. However, we all know that sometimes your night doesn’t go as planned, so if you do choose to drive, it’s important for you to know how to be safe and avoid getting pulled over and arrested.

A law enforcement officer cannot simply pull you over at random. He or she must have a reasonable suspicion that you have broken a law. This is often accomplished when they observe a driver speeding, run a red light, swerve between lanes, tailgate, or any number of other common traffic violations. It’s a simple fact that drivers under the influence of alcohol drive more recklessly. This is a very bad idea not only because it is obviously extremely unsafe for an inebriated driver to be taking such chances but also because it makes them much more likely to be pulled over. If you know that you may be near or over the legal limit it is crucial that you are highly observant of traffic rules – watch your speedometer, signal for every lane change, and check your review mirror frequently! It sounds simple but most drivers convicted of DUI are pulled over because they are careless at the exact time they should be taking extra caution.

However, even if you take every possible precaution and drive like your grandmother it is still possible to fall victim to some basic dumb luck and be pulled over. There are any number of technical violations for which you can be stopped by a police officer, such as an expired registration, broken tail light, or too-tinted windows. The Fourth Amendment protects you from unreasonable harassment from police – to a point. An officer cannot pull you over simply because you look like you are leaving a party with four obviously drunk friends on your way to pick up some late night Del Taco. However, he can pull you over if he notices that the light illuminating your license plate doesn’t work – even if his real motivation in stopping you is to check to see if you’ve been drinking.

The solution to this scenario is to be prepared. Make sure your vehicle is always in compliance with all vehicle codes. Pay your registration on time, promptly fix all broken lights, and make sure everything is in proper order on any other car you might drive.

Please remember that the only way to completely be safe and avoid a DUI is to not get behind the wheel if you are under the influence. Drinking and driving is never a good idea and in no way is this message meant to encourage it. However, it is in your own best interest to always be extremely aware of your actions and surroundings.

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