Drunk driving laws across the United States are only going to get tougher and more restrictive in the coming years. When you have state lawmakers who assume that the public is not truly aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, they feel that they need to enact tougher drunk driving laws to protect the public.
We’ve all seen the show “Cops” and all the other law enforcement type programs that are on television today where they show an officer stopping someone on suspicion ofDUI and the person has obviously had way too much to drink and shouldn’t be driving anyway.
The officer subjects the person to the field sobriety tests, which of course the person fails miserably. All while being filmed for television because this is what our society wants to see when they turn on their televisions in this day and age.
And it is from viewing stuff like this that the majority of the public base their opinion ondrunk driving and the lawmakers know this and they feed off this.
I like to relate this to the way that most people in our country decide to vote for the next President of the United States. They see all the political ads on television and in the newspaper and make their voting decision for the next President based on this type of information.
What the public never sees or hears about is all of the people who have been arrested for DUI who were not actually over the legal limit or for that matter had even been drinking alcohol.
Lets say that you’re driving down the road and you are kind of wandering in your lane, but you are not crossing the line. If an officer sees this type of behavior, this is probable cause to stop you on suspicion of DUI.
Or if an officer is behind you and is going to perform a traffic stop on you because lets say you failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. You being a good citizen see the officer’s lights and look for a spot to pullover so that you are out of the flow of traffic and harms way.
Lets say it takes you half a mile to find an acceptable spot to pull over. This is another case where the officer can perform a DUI check because you were slow to pullover.
There are a lot of scenarios like this that play out across our country everyday. So even if you are reading this post and haven’t been convicted of a DUI, now is a good time to read up on your home states DUI laws, you never know when you might need to use your DUI knowledge.