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How do law enforcement officials identify drunk drivers?


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When it comes to suspected drunk drivers in Colorado and throughout the nation, law enforcement officials tend to take a hardline policy. Even though distracted driving is garnering the most attention from lawmakers in many states, drunk driving remains a highly visible topic for societal discussion due to the number of deaths caused in motor vehicle accidents each year. However, this doesn’t mean that every person who is pulled over as a DUI suspect is automatically guilty. So, how do law enforcement officials actually identify potential drunk drivers?

Well, for starters, many of these types of traffic stops occur when law enforcement officials allegedly observe minor traffic violations or erratic driving patterns. For example, if drivers are going slower than usual, but aren’t speeding, a police officer may follow the vehicle and wait to see what happens – perhaps a failure to use a turn signal, or a small drift over the centerline. When something like that occurs, the law enforcement official can initiate a traffic stop to investigate further.

Of course, in the immediate aftermath of most car accidents the first thing the parties usually do is call the police. When law enforcement officials arrive on the scene of an accident and interact with those involved, they are usually looking to attempt to observe if any of the parties appear to have signs of intoxication.

Our readers should know that, even if they are arrested for DUI, an arrest is not a conviction. Criminal defendants have the right to put together a defense strategy and defend themselves from the charges.

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