You have just left the bar after a night of drinking with your friends.
Despite feeling slightly tipsy, you decide that you are sober enough get
yourself home safely. You think to yourself, “I’m fine, the
police will never know that I have been drinking.” Better think
again. Police officers are trained in several different methods of identifying
intoxicated drivers and know how to look for clues that can indicate that
a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Police typically use three methods of determining whether or not a driver
has had too much to drink:
Observation: Police officers will pull over drivers if they see them driving in an
erratic manner, including drifting between lanes, speeding, swerving,
failing to stop, or even driving too slowly. While drivers may have a
legitimate reason for their driving such as exhaustion, it is unlikely
that the officer will believe the driver’s story if the officer
smells alcohol on their breath, notices their speech is slurred, or sees
an open alcohol container in the vehicle.
Roadside sobriety tests: Once an officer has visual evidence that a driver may be under the influence,
they will likely ask them to step out of their vehicle and perform a series
of different speech, balance, and reflex tests, such as walking in a straight
line from heel to toe, standing on one leg, reciting the alphabet or a
series of numbers, or following the officer’s finger with their
eyes. If a driver displays signs such as an inability to follow directions,
swaying while standing still, balance problems, aggression, or has dilated
and bloodshot eyes, the officer may arrest them for suspected DWI or ask
the driver to take a chemical test.
Blood-alcohol level: The amount of alcohol in a person’s body can be measured by drawing
a sample of their blood or by applying a mathematical formula to the amount
of alcohol in their breath or urine. In many states, these tests are mandatory
in the event of a driver’s lawful arrest for driving under the influence.
Drivers that test above the legal limit of 0.08% are presumed to be intoxicated.
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