Many people think they can avoid a DWI simply by checking their brake lights and following the speed limit. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 100 visual cues that police use to spot drunk drivers.

Police officer demonstrating a field sobriety test to a motorist.

If you are facing DWI charges in New York, then it is critical that you take steps to defend your interests. There may be several possible defenses against your charges. For example, you may have been the victim of false arrest if the officer held you in custody without probable cause.

A New York City DWI lawyer from Goldberg & Allen, LLP can evaluate your charges and aggressively fight for a positive outcome to your case. Even if you failed the breathalyzer, there may be a defense that works in your favor.

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Here are four visual cues that officers use to spot drunk drivers:

  1. Weaving between Lanes

Alcohol affects people’s coordination, which is why drunk drivers have difficulty staying in one lane. If a vehicle unnecessarily crosses lanes or drives onto the shoulder, then the officer may have reasonable suspicion that the driver is intoxicated.

  1. Unusual Braking and Accelerating

Alcohol influences the ability to judge speed and distance, so officers look for drivers who travel too fast or too slow. Police also look for drivers who have difficulty stopping. A drunk driver may park a vehicle far from the curb or at an odd angle. An officer may also pull over a driver who stops well before or after a stop sign or line.

Accelerating strangely is another sign of intoxicated driving. Suddenly changing speed, usually without reason, is a common drunk-driving behavior. Random slowing, inconsistent speed variations and driving over the speed limit are also indications of intoxicated driving.

  1. Confusion

Drunk drivers often do not notice traffic signs or unsafe road conditions. This can lead to serious collisions. Examples of confused driving include travelling in the wrong direction, not reacting properly to hazards on the road, using the wrong turn signal and driving without headlights.

  1. Strange Decision-Making

Drivers are constantly making decisions while behind the wheel. Because alcohol impairs judgment, drunk drivers can make poor decisions, and the police take notice. Intoxicated drivers may feel invincible and take unnecessary risks, such as speeding or illegally overtaking a vehicle.

If you are facing DWI charges, contact Goldberg & Allen, LLP. A New York City DWI attorney can help you navigate the legal system.

Depending on the facts of your arrest, it may be possible to convince the courts to reduce the charges or penalties, or to dismiss the case altogether. Call 212-766-3366 to schedule a consultation.