No one would advise you to drive under the influence, but in a car-reliant city like San Diego, it’s common for people to enjoy a few drinks at a bar or party before getting in a car to drive home. In many cases, these drivers will feel entirely sober, but if they catch the attention of the police, they could be arrested and brought into custody on suspicion of a DUI. While you should never drive drunk, here are a few suggestions to help you avoid getting pulled over for a DUI if you only had a drink or two.
Avoid Attracting the Attention of Police
Avoid driving between 10 PM and 4 AM when most DUI arrests are made and cops expect to see drunk drivers. If you do drive, avoid stopping at 7-11’s and convenience stores where cops stop and shop. Also, make sure all your vehicle’s equipment works properly and that your car has proper registration tags. Turn on your lights immediately while driving at night.
Put Away Alcohol Containers
Driving with an open alcohol container is a crime and even having sealed ones can make a police officer suspicious. Additionally, having bottles or cans of booze in your car will serve as additional evidence against you if you are charged with drunk driving -making the case even more difficult for your DUI defense lawyer. That’s why you should keep all alcohol containers in the trunk until you arrive at your destination.
Maintain the Speed Limit
Driving too fast or too slow is a strong indicator that you are driving under the influence -especially if it is late at night. Most importantly, keep your speed even -you’re better off driving 70 miles per hour than switching back and forth between 75 and 55.
Stop All the Way at Stop Signs and Red Lights
Even if no one is around, the law says you must come at a complete stop and rolling through a stop sign or simply slowing down while turning on a red light is something you be easily pulled over for.
Stay Off Your Cell Phone
Texting or talking while driving can impair your driving ability. If the officer doesn’t see you texting, he or she might suspect you were driving under the influence. On the other hand, if the officer realizes you were on your phone, you can also get a ticket for that as well.
Stay in Your Lane
One of the most common things to make police suspicious of you is to swerve and sway through the road -especially if you wander between lanes. As a result, this is the number one thing to pay attention to if you want to avoid getting pulled over for a DUI.
Ultimately, these tips won’t just help you avoid getting pulled over for a DUI, but also drive more safely whenever you drive. Of course, the most important thing you can do if you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving is to call a DUI defense lawyer like Peter M. Liss. You can schedule a free initial consultation at his office located across from the Vista courthouse and jail by calling (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.
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