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Drinking And Driving On Super Bowl Weekend

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DUIIt’s a big weekend for parties in our area, so one Verona-based criminal defense attorney thinks it might also be a good weekend to remember what a drunk driver looks like to the police.

In a post on his blog, Michael Pescatore notes that the police can’t pull a vehicle over without cause:

Most DUI arrests begin in one of two ways. In some cases, a driver may be pulled over for a common traffic infraction such as speeding or running a red light. When the police officer speaks to the driver, the officer may note the smell of alcohol, slurred speech, bloodshot or glassy eyes, slow response time, disheveled clothing or hair, or aggressive behavior, among other physical signs of intoxication. Although the officer may not have originally expected to find an intoxicated driver in the vehicle, the situation has escalated and further inquiry may lead to a DUI charge.

The police may also base their stop on guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA says intoxicated drivers may be driving slowly, weaving, stopping erratically or driving without their lights on at night, Pescatore says.

Of course, the best way to avoid looking like a drunk driver is to not be a drunk driver in the first place. Most Verona parties are likely to be within walking distance of your home in Verona, and we do have a few licensed taxi services if you can’t find a designated driver.

Pescatore has a lot more information on DUI arrests on his blog, which you can read here.

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