Reasons to be stopped for Michigan DUI

Reasonable Suspicion for DUIDrinking and driving offenses carry a certain stigma and for the reason they fiercely prosecuted in the state of Michigan. Police undergo hours of training to teach them what to look for when suspecting a driver of operating while intoxicated.

Reasons for Drinking and Driving stops

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes a guide for police officers to learn DWI detection. The reasons for stopping a driver suspected of drunk driving is broken down in the manual and percentages of the chances that the person is intoxicated are listed in a range. (Many experts argue that the statistics are based on junk science) The following information comes straight from the manual.

Problems Maintaining Proper Lane Position 5 0 – 7 5% Chance Driver Is Drunk:

• Weaving?

• Weaving across lane lines?

• Straddling a lane line?

• Swerving?

• Turning with a wide radius?

• Drifting?

• Almost striking a vehicle or other object?

Speed and Braking Problems 45 – 70% Chance Driver Is Drunk:

• Stopping problems (too far, too short, or too jerky)?

• Accelerating or decelerating for no apparent reason?

• Varying speed?

• Slow speed (10+ mph under limit)?

Vigilance Problems 55 – 65% Chance Driver Is Drunk:

• Driving in opposing lanes or wrong way on one-way?

• 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 signal or signal inconsistent with action?

Judgment Problems?35 – 90% Chance Driver Is Drunk:

• Following too closely?

• Improper or unsafe lane change?

• Illegal or improper turn (too fast, jerky, sharp, etc.)?

• Driving on other than the designated roadway?

• Stopping inappropriately in response to officer?

• Inappropriate or unusual behavior (throwing, arguing, etc.)?

• Appearing to be impaired

Post Stop Cues Greater or Equal to 85% Chance Driver Is Drunk:

• 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 or officer must repeat

• Providing incorrect information, changes answers

• Odor of alcoholic beverage from the driver

? .50% When Combined With Any Other cue:?

• Driving without headlights at night?

• Failure to signal or signal inconsistent with action

As you can see officers are trained to believe there is a possibility that you are driving drunk for just about any reason. Aaron J. Boria has received training from a former police instructor and court-accepted expert in the same training as officers. That means we know how to defend you against the garbage “science” of drinking and driving enforcement.

Contact Michigan drinking and driving attorney Aaron J. Boria today (734) 453-7806

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