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What to do at a DUI traffic stop

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2024 | DUI Charges |

Being pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence can be a stressful experience.

Knowing how to handle the situation calmly and responsibly is important.

Pull over safely

Police are vigilant during DUI stops in part because alcohol-involved deaths rose from 2020 to 2021 to 13,384 people. When you see the flashing lights of a police car behind you, signal and pull over to the side of the road as soon as it is safe for you and the officers to do so. Use your turn signal and pull over to a safe location away from traffic.

Stay calm and cooperative

Remain calm and cooperative when interacting with the officer. Keep your hands visible and avoid making sudden movements. Cooperate with the officer’s requests for your license, registration and insurance.

Be polite and respectful

Address the officers politely and respectfully. Use phrases like “yes, officer” and “no, officer” when responding to their questions. Avoid arguing or becoming confrontational, as this can escalate the situation.

Exercise your rights

You have the right to remain silent and the right to refuse field sobriety tests. However, refusing these tests could result in consequences such as license suspension. Learn about your rights but use them wisely.

Do not admit guilt

Avoid making any statements that officers could interpret as an admission of guilt. Refrain from discussing your alcohol consumption or any other details of the incident without legal counsel present.

Follow legal procedures

Once arrested, follow all legal procedures and instructions provided by law enforcement. This may include getting booked, fingerprinted and possibly released on bail. Cooperate with chemical testing, such as a breath or blood test.

To help avoid getting a DUI, remember to call for a ride or designate a driver before you go out.