The Clever Tactics Police Use To Stop You On A DUI

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Ever wondered how the police get you for being drunk or under the influence behind the wheel? There are some smart tactics employed by law enforcement officers, which we’re going to take a look at today.

Now, before we begin, let’s make one thing clear. If you drive home after a long night on the sauce, you could kill someone. So, getting stopped by the police is a good thing, in our opinion. And the best way to avoid DUI charges is never to drive after consuming any alcohol or use any substances at all.

But of course, the law in most states means you can drink a certain amount. The trouble is that some people are unfortunate as they are slightly over the limit – and will face a charge. So, knowing these tactics – and the dangers – might help you make the better decision of calling an Uber instead.

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Hanging out at bars

Any bar with a parking lot is likely to have a police officer watching it at some point. The law enforcers will watch for drunk people to get in their car, and then follow them at a distance. The second the driver does something wrong, they will pull them over. It’s important to understand this can be anything minor at all, and the point is to engage the driver in conversation. An officer can’t pull you over on a hunch alone – they have to see you making a violation. But once they do, they can use their conversational skills – and sense of smell – to establish if you have been drinking.    

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Speed traps

Police officers will also set speed traps on busy roads – especially at night. Again, it gives them the perfect excuse to pull you over and talk to you. Notice a pattern emerging? It’s why any good DUI defense lawyer will always tell you the same things. Avoid talking to the police officer as much as possible – and never admit to drinking. The police are hoping to get information out of you and get you to reveal things yourself. No matter how chatty or friendly they are, keep it zipped. If you don’t say anything, you can’t be accused of having slurred speech in court!

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Checkpoints

Of course, the most common tactic used by police to uncover DUIs is setting up checkpoints. These checkpoints tend to happen during specific times of the day, and over particular periods of the year. Christmas and Thanksgiving, for example, are common times for people to take the risk of drunk driving. It’s important to understand that these particular checkpoints are legal and different to the roadside stop. Anyone in that checkpoint can be investigated for a DUI offense, regardless of suspicion. However, the police must publish forewarning about the inspection in advance. Officers also have to mark out the checkpoint from a reasonable distance. However, before pulling off a U-turn and driving away, there is something else to understand. Checkpoints are usually set up so that officers can see anyone avoiding going through it, and any violation will be legal grounds for a stop.

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