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Common Signs of Intoxicated Driving

When it comes to guessing if a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, finding a reason can prove difficult for police. To help law enforcement determine whether a driver might be drunk behind the wheel, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) constructed a list of specific “cues” indicating drunk driving.

The following are those cues within four broad categories:

  • Braking and speeding issues
    • Difficulties stopping
    • Driving too fast or too slow (10 or more miles above or under the speed limit)
    • Accelerating and decelerating for no apparent reason
    • Varying
  • Maintaining proper lane position problems
    • Swerving
    • Weaving
    • Drifting
    • Crossing lane lines
    • Nearly striking a car or fixed object
    • Turning too wide
    • “Straddling” a lane line
  • Vigilance issues
    • Slow to respond to traffic lights and an officer’s signals
    • Driving without the headlights on at night
    • Failure to use a turn signal in a proper manner
    • Stopping in the lane for no apparent reason
    • Driving in the oncoming lane
    • Going the wrong way on a one way street
  • Judgmental problems
    • Tailgating
    • Illegal or improper turn
    • Improper or unsafe lane changes
    • Appearing to be impaired
    • Driving off the roadway

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Nevada, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help provide a strong defense to fight the charges against you. There could be evidence available—such as traffic light cameras and dashboard cameras—that differs from the officer’s accounts of the stop. If there was no legal reason to stop you initially, then your rights have been violated.

Contact us and request a free consultation with our Las Vegas criminal defense attorney today.