Aggressive driving is dangerous – and it is a good way to get yourself arrested for DUI in Michigan.
More than 600 drivers recently were pulled over by Michigan State Police troopers in the first week of a month-long crackdown on aggressive driving in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press. Motorists were stopped for speeding, tailgating, changing lanes unsafely and texting while driving.
If you are stopped by a police officer for any reason, you are in a vulnerable position. An initial stop can lead to other charges. If the officer discovers that you have been drinking, you can be charged with DUI.
Officers are trained to use all their senses to observe the condition of the driver and look for signs of drunk driving.
If the officer smells alcohol on your breath, sees an open container of alcohol or hears slurred speech, you will likely be detained. The officer may ask if you have been drinking. If you say “Yes,” that gives the officer sufficient cause to conduct a DUI /OWI /DUI investigation.
The officer may ask you to perform a series of field sobriety tests. These are designed to indicate physical signs of intoxication. Or you may be asked to submit to a preliminary breath test. If you decline to take the preliminary breath test, you will likely be fined and charged with a civil infraction.
If you perform field sobriety tests and fail them, that evidence can be used against you in court.
Three tips to avoid trouble on the road:
- Don’t speed, tailgate, drive aggressively or text while driving.
- Don’t think about getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking.
- Contact a drunk driving defense lawyer as soon as possible if you are charged with an alcohol-related offense.