Drunk Driving Signs Police Officers Look for

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Police officers are trained on how to spot drunk drivers on the road. If they observe signs of driving under the influence, they may pull a driver over. Officers may increase their efforts during holidays and evening hours. Here are a few drunk driving signs that police officers look for.

Driving in Lanes Unsafely

Drunk drivers don’t have the best judgment and may not be careful when driving in lanes. Police officers observe vehicles that weave in and out lanes, drive in two lanes and straddle in the center of a lane.

Making Improper Turns

When motorists have had too much to drink, they may also make unsafe turns. For example, they might make very sharp turns or turn too widely. These motorists may also forget to use their turn signals or make U-turns on main highways. All of these improper turns can put everyone on the road in danger, so they warrant a stop by the police.

Driving Too Slowly

Many people assume that drunk drivers are more likely to drive above the speed limit. It turns out, however, that drunk drivers are more likely to drive at least 10 miles below the speed limit. That’s why police officers are on the lookout for drivers who are going too slowly. They pay attention to drivers who rapidly accelerate and decelerate without a good reason.


Drivers don’t have to be drunk to follow the vehicles ahead of them too closely. However, tailgating is more common among impaired drivers. As such, police officers may suspect tailgating drivers to be under the influence of alcohol and pull them over.

Balance Problems

Police officers who pull over drivers for suspicion of drunk driving may ask them to step out of the vehicle. Impaired motorists may have trouble with balance and lean on their vehicle for support.

Behavioral Issues

When pulling over drivers for suspicion of drunk driving, police officers may also pay careful attention to how the drivers act and communicate. For example, an impaired driver may be more likely to slur words or take a longer time to respond to questions. Drunk drivers may also be more argumentative and raise their voices to officers.

If you’re facing a drunk driving charge, you may want to get in touch with a drunk driving lawyer, like one from Rispoli & Borneo P.C.