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Tips To Avoid Being Stopped For a DUI

  • September 1, 2017

    A DUI arrest can wreak havoc in your life. It can result in large fines and costs. You have the stress of waiting for court hearings and your trial. You may lose your ability to drive your vehicle. A long term of probation with many conditions can be stressful.

    The best way to avoid all of these consequences is to avoid being stopped for DUI. If law enforcement never investigates you for drunk driving, you can’t possibly face a drunk driving charge. There are things that you can do in order to avoid facing drunk driving charges.

    Don’t test your limits

    Perhaps the easiest way to avoid a DUI charge is doing everything that you can to avoid drinking and driving. The legal limit is a lot lower than people think. Some people can reach the legal limit after just a couple of drinks. How fast your body breaks down alcohol depends on your weight, what you ate and how quickly you drank.

    There’s no way to know whether you’re over the legal limit or under the influence before you drive. That makes it best to error on the side of caution. Designated drivers, car driving services and public transportation are all simple ways to avoid a DUI charge.

    Drive carefully

    Many drunk driving investigations start because a driver makes careless errors. When a person drives drunk, they’re often not available to focus on more than one thing. That is, they might be able to stay in their lane but unable to control their speed. They might be able to control their speed, but they may not remember to dim their bright lights for a passing vehicle. Law enforcement is looking for these kinds of errors.

    Drive respectfully

    Law enforcement also looks for driving errors. If you blow a red light or you try to speed around a vehicle in front of you, the police might want to pull you over to investigate. Law enforcement can stop you any time that they see you commit a traffic infraction.

    Know your medications before you drive

    Not all drunk driving charges have to do with alcohol or illegal drugs. Today, DUI charges because of prescription medications are more and more common. As long as a drug is a controlled substance, you can face a DUI if it influences your ability to drive. This is the case whether or not you have a legal prescription for the drug.

    That makes it important to know the effect of the medication before you drive. There’s no bright line test for how much you can take of a prescription medicine before it influences your ability to drive. It’s a unique question to each person, and it can even change for each person from one day to the next.

    That makes it important to know your limits. If the medication warns to be careful about driving, this is a warning that you should take very seriously. Even if there’s no warning label on the medication, you need to pay attention to make sure that you don’t make a costly mistake.

    Don’t bring attention to yourself

    It’s important not to do anything to bring yourself to law enforcement’s attention. That means to be polite and respectful to anyone that you meet during a night out. If you stop for a late night fast food run, be sure to be respectful of the people working there.

    If you’re loud, complaining or argumentative, anyone can make a report to law enforcement. Don’t do anything to make excessive noise or otherwise create a disturbance. Law enforcement can quickly pull you over if you give them a reason to suspect that you’ve been drinking.

    Make careful plans

    It’s also important to consider where law enforcement looks for drunk drivers. They typically look for DUI offenders near popular bars or downtown establishments. They usually look for drunk drivers during evening and overnight hours. Since you know their tricks, you can make plans to avoid these places, and you can avoid driving at all during these times.

    If the police see you leave a bar at 2 a.m., they might follow you to hope that you commit a driving error. Even if you’re completely sober, they might try to stop you for DUI. It’s best to plan to avoid law enforcement’s hot spots as you plan a fun night out with friends or family.

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