Police officers are trained to be on the lookout for certain behaviors that indicate a driver is operating his or her car while under the influence. These behaviors include problems maintaining your lane position, speeding and braking, and exercising poor judgment. Read on to learn about common traffic violations that result in a DUI arrest.
Failure to Obey Signals Most people have accidently run a red light or not immediately accelerated when the light turned green. You may be distracted or simply make a mistake. However, failure to obey traffic signals or rolling through a stop sign are all common traffic violations for which an officer will stop you with reasonable suspicion of driving under the influence.
Swerving and Weaving Swerving and weaving are classic signs of impairment that officers look for. Swerving is when a driver abruptly turns away from a straight course, while weaving is defined as moving toward one side of the lane or roadway and then the other in a zigzag pattern.
Failure to Use Lights and Signals Have you ever changed lanes or turned without signaling? You are certainly not alone, as many people fail to use their signals on a regular basis. However, this may attract an officer’s attention who will then look for other indications that you may be driving under the influence. Officers are also on the lookout for drivers who operate their cars without headlights at night.
Improper Turning Many people turn into the second or even third lane when making a turn. However, officers look for this when they suspect driving under the influence as it may indicate a problem with judgment or an inability to control your car.
Not all traffic violations are sufficient to constitute probable cause for an arrest, and this may be a defense if you have been charged with driving under the influence. To speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your DUI case, call Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel Law at (408) 916-1413. We focus on criminal defense and DUI law in San Jose and can help you protect your rights.