DUI Driving Clues

When an individual is arrested for DUI, the majority of the time a traffic stop has occurred.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided guidelines for certain clues, which indicate impaired driving.  The NHTSA has titled these as “20 clues to Impaired Driving.”

The following are the NHTSA’s clues and the likelihood a person stopped for exhibiting a clue will be intoxicated.

  1. Wide turn radius                                             65%
  2. Straddling center or lane marker                     65%
  3. Appearing to be drunk                                     60%
  4. Almost strike object or vehicle                        60%
  5. Weaving                                                        60%
  6. Swerving                                                       55%
  7. Driving on other than designated roadway       55%
  8. Slower than 10 MPH below limit                      50%
  9. Drifting                                                         50%
  10. Stopping without cause in traffic lane             50%
  11. Following too closely                                      50%
  12. Braking erratically                                         45%
  13. Tires on center or lane marker                      45%
  14. Driving into opposing or crossing traffic          45%
  15. Slow response to traffic signal                        40%
  16. Signaling inconsistent with actions                 40%
  17. Stopping inappropriately                               35%
  18. Turning abruptly or illegally                         35%
  19. Accelerating or decelerating rapidly               30%
  20. Headlights                                                   30%

I drive in Birmingham, Alabama everyday, and if I were a police officer, I could stop someone who could be classified as a suspected DUI driver every day.  These “clues” may be appropriate if some were linked together but as stand alone indicators they seem to be lacking.

The attorneys of Parkman White, LLP have a history of success in the court room and are ready to represent clients nationwide. If you find yourself facing DUI or DWI charges, it is important to find an experienced DUI attorney to represent you.