How Seattle DUI Police Officers Detect Impaired Drivers

By Garth O'Brien | November 6, 2009 
Filed Under Seattle DUI

Washington State law enforcement and particularly the Seattle DUI Squad are highly trained at detecting which drivers are impaired while driving.  Extensive DUI detection training teaches a police officer to observe the following cues when a suspect vehicle is in motion. These cues encompass just about any situation while driving:

* A moving violation;
* An equipment violation;
* An expired registration;
* Unusual driving actions, such as varying speeds, weaving or following too closely; or
* Evidence of drinking or drugs inside the vehicle.

At night, police officers detect impaired drivers by observing the following vehicle operation actions:

1. Turning with a wide radius;
2. Straddling the center lane divider or fog line;
3. Appearing to be impaired;
4. Almost causing an accident with another vehicle or striking an object;
5. Weaving;
6. Driving on the shoulder of a roadway or driving entirely off the roadway;
7. Swerving abruptly;
8. Traveling at a rate of speed 10 M.P.H. below the speed limit;
9. Following too closely;
10. Drifting;
11. Tires on lane markers;
12. Braking erratically;
13. Driving into oncoming traffic;
14. Exhibiting a slow response to traffic control devices;
15. Signaling inconsistent with driving actions;
16. Making an illegal turn or turning abruptly;
17. Accelerating or decelerating rapidly;
18. Driving without illuminated headlights;

Just about any traffic violation at night will lead into a DUI investigation if you have consumed any amount of intoxicants. Be safe and do not drink and drive. However, if you have been arrested for drunk driving in Washington please contact us for a free legal consultation.

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