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How do the police spot drunk drivers?

Drunk driving is a serious offense that unfortunately leads to numerous injuries and fatalities every year. It is for this reason the state of North Carolina treats the offense seriously. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, even the least serious offense is still punishable by a jail sentence of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $200.

Law enforcement is constantly on the lookout for drunk drivers, especially at night. Officers watch for motorists displaying certain behaviors that could indicate intoxication.

Braking and acceleration issues

Impaired drivers have a difficult time judging distance and speed. They have a hard time remaining at a consistent speed, and they will seemingly brake for no reason. They may also come to a stop at odd angles or make jerky stops before finally halting.

Trouble staying in one lane

Additionally, drunk drivers have issues staying in the right lane. They may move from one lane to the next without using the blinker or weave through traffic and make excessively wide turns.

Poor judgment

Intoxicated drivers do not have the same alertness as sober ones. They tend to take more risks, such as making an unsafe lane change. They may also tailgate or make an illegal turn.

Vigilance problems

Drunk drivers are not aware of their surroundings. They may drive through a red light or fail to pay attention to the posted speed limit. They may even drive in the wrong direction.

The police use any or all of these behaviors as evidence in court after arresting a suspected drunk driver. Even drivers who are sober could end up on the side of the road if they exhibit similar conduct. Regardless of the level of intoxication, there may be a defense strategy that may result in reduced or dropped charges.