Top Reasons Police Pull People Over for DUI

Wide Right Turn:

  • The law requires that if you make a right turn you turn into the lane nearest to the curb if practicable. Most drivers (including officers) normally turn into other lanes. During most normal days a person could make a wide right turn right in front of a police officer and never get pulled over. At night, however, police are trolling for DUI's and they will pull you over for normal driving habits that you normally would not be pulled over for.

Failure to Maintain Lane:

  • Police often cite swerving as reasonable suspicion to pull someone over for a DUI investigation. Some amount of deviation within a lane or a temporary deviation from a lane is often normal driving behavior, especially if you are driving on a curvy road. The officer's account of how, if, or to what extent you swerved often differs from yours and the truth.


  • Speeding is a common basis for police to pull a person over. Police need to base their belief that you are speeding on material other than how fast they think you were going. Police employ radar and "pacing" to try to determine how fast you are actually going.

Lights Off or Not Working:

  • A strong indication that a person is DUI is when they are driving at night without headlights on. Police will pull you over and conduct a DUI investigation if you are driving with your headlights off. Additionally, police often cite non-working lights as a basis for pulling an individual over for a suspected DUI.

Failure to Signal:

  • The smallest thing may get you pulled over by a police officer if you are driving during a time of day where police suspect DUI offenders to be on the road. Police will pull you over if you do not activate signals at all or if you don't do so properly.

Because They Want To:

  • If a police officer sees you get in your car after coming out of a bar, he or she is going to want to pull you over. Fortunately police are not allowed to stop you just because you are coming from a bar. Police are cleverly trained to follow a person and create a justification to pull you over. Often this justification is a minor traffic violation.

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