Addressing impaired driving is always a top priority for law enforcement, but they are on especially high alert at this time of year. There is an increased number of impaired drivers on the road during the holidays, which means a higher risk of being pulled over.
It’s important to remember that you generally cannot be pulled over without good cause. To conduct a traffic stop, the police must have reasonable suspicion that an offense has been committed.
Is there anything you can do to reduce the risk of being pulled over?
If you’re distracted while driving, you may engage in behaviors that you usually wouldn’t. For instance, you may stray over the centerline, exceed the speed limit or have to brake suddenly. Not only can limiting distractions increase your safety, but it can ensure that you don’t stand out to law enforcement.
Maintaining your vehicle
At this time of year, law enforcement might look for any reason to pull vehicles over. One of the most common reasons for vehicles to be pulled over is if they have a taillight that isn’t working. This type of situation can lead to law enforcement conducting further investigations to check for alcohol impairment. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that your vehicle is well-maintained.
If you are having a drink at this time of year, then it’s best to avoid driving, even if you believe you’re under the limit. Consider taking taxis or nominating a designated driver who doesn’t drink.
If you have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), it’s important to understand your rights. Seeking legal guidance will help ensure that you can implement a suitable defense strategy.