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I wasn't speeding before I got pulled over.  What are some of the other things police officers look for before stopping someone for DUI?


When a police officer or Washington State Trooper stops a driver for possible DUI, the officer is trained to look for several "clues" to help him make a determination regarding the sobriety of the suspect. The clues come in large part from the research of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA prints a manual used to train law enforcement officers that outlines several of the visual cues used to determine whether to stop a vehicle for DUI, including:

             ● Weaving within your lane;

            ● Weaving across lane lines;

            ● Straddling a lane line;

            ● Swerving;

            ● Turning with wide radius;

            ● Drifting;

            ● Almost striking another vehicle or object;

            ● Stopping problems (too far, too short, too jerky);

            ● Accelerating or decelerating rapidly;

            ● Varying speed;

            ● Slow speed (10 mph + under limit)

            ● Driving in opposing lanes or wrong way on a one-way street;

            ● Slow response to traffic signals;

            ● Slow or failure to respond to officer's signals;

            ● Stopping in lane for no apparent reason;

            ● Driving without headlights at night;

            ● Failure to use turn signals;

            ● Following too closely;

            ● Improper or unsafe lane change;

            ● Illegal or improper turn (too fast, jerky, sharp, etc.);

            ● Inappropriate or unusual behavior (throwing objects, arguing, etc.).

 Once the officer makes a traffic stop for DUI, the officer immediately begins looking for signs of alcohol use.  The officer may try and begin a conversation with the driver of the vehicle to look for signs of slow or slurred speech as well as to check for the odor of alcohol or other intoxicants. NHTSA trains officers to look for several clues of intoxication once they have stopped a driver for DUI, including:

             ● Difficulty with motor vehicle controls;

            ● Difficulty exiting the vehicle;

            ● Fumbling with driver's license or registration;

            ● Repeating questions or comments;

            ● Swaying, unsteady, or balance problems;

            ● Leaning on the vehicle or other object;

            ● Slurred speech;

            ● Slow to respond to officer;

            ● Odor of alcoholic beverage from the driver.    

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