In recent years, law enforcement officials in many states have pushed for harsher punishments for drivers who are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In order to enforce the new laws, many states have increased patrols and have instructed officers to be aware of suspicious behavior that may lead them to intoxicated drivers.
There are many reasons that an officer may suspect a driver of operating a vehicle under the influence, and it is important to know your rights if you have been pulled over on suspicion of DWI. If you or someone you love is facing DUI charges, contact an experienced Washington DUI attorney of Cowan Kirk at 1-866-822-1230.
Reasons for a DUI Stop
Law enforcement officers may choose to stop drivers who exhibit the following behavior behind the wheel:
- Excessive speed
- Swerving in and out of lanes
- Turning with an extremely wide radius
- Straddling lanes
- Driving on spaces other than designated roadways
- Driving at extremely slow speeds
- Delayed response at traffic signals
- Inconsistent signaling
- Night driving without headlights
Many police officers also pay attention to the behavior of the driver and passengers in the vehicle. Slouching, drowsiness, gesturing erratically, or behaving in a suspicious manner may give officers probable cause to initiate a traffic stop.
For assistance with your DUI defense, contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Law Firm at 1-866-822-1230 today.