Pulled Over While Drinking And Driving? Here’s What to Do

Drinking And Driving

You may not actually feel drunk or impaired because it was only a couple of drinks right?

 With the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration at .08 in all 50 states and Canada, it doesn’t take too much to put you over that limit.
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If you do happen to get pulled over whether you are above the legal limit or not, here are 6 critical actions to follow in order to get the best
possible outcome.

1. Stay Calm.

The first thing to do is to remain calm. If you have been drinking, but don’t feel that you are inebriated in any way, very little of what you can say will be helpful. If you have not been drinking at all, then you have nothing to worry about.

2. Act Responsibly and Respectfully.

The police officer will ask to see your driver’s license and insurance, which you should produce as quickly as possible. Keep your hands visible at all times – preferably on the wheel – and don’t make any quick, jerky movements. Turn your radio off if you have been listening and make sure that your vehicle is in Park. Be as polite as possible. Police officers deal with rude and obnoxious offenders all the time. They will appreciate the politeness which may put them in a more cooperative mood. Kindness and keeping your cool are your best chances at avoiding a ticket.

3. Stay in Your Car.

Police officers do not take kindly to people jumping out of their vehicles. Stay seated in the car unless you are told otherwise. This is especially true if you are pulled over after dark because the police officer doesn’t know if you are armed or dangerous. Any police officer knows that he must act in his own best interests of safety. Instead, keep your hands visible and stay put.

4. Don’t Lie and Don’t Refuse the Breathalyzer Test.

This will only make things worse. Police officers, as a general rule do not appreciate being lied to. They are also trained to spot when someone is lying. If they have already smelled the alcohol on your breath and you deny drinking, you can be sure they will be bent on proving that their suspicions were right.

5. Cooperate.

Even if you are convinced that you are sober, you can only hurt yourself by arguing with the officer. Instead, comply with whatever he says, and if he arrests you, calmly follow him to his car. Your time to battle the arrest will come later, after you’ve talked to an attorney.

6. Finally, keep in mind that police officers have a “drunk driving checklist”.

They will use this should you pass your breathalyzer test. There are boxes on the checklist for being polite, apologetic, cooperative, and such. It definitely pays to be all of those things and more. ;

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Obviously the best course of action is to avoid driving if you’ve had any drinks at all. It always pays to have a designated driver.
 
 

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