Natalie: Hi, I’m Natalie Lussier, an intern at Kelly & Kelly P.C. I’ll be interviewing Mike with some questions I have about DUI’s
Mike Kelly: This is an important distinction. I don’t think officers are necessarily looking for drunk drivers. I think what officers are doing are looking for reasons to stop somebody who may be a drunk driver based on timing, or the location, or the practices of any individual police department.
Officers can stop you for any motor vehicle violation whether it be you didn’t use a turn signal, or you were swerving in your lane, or you were speeding. All these things in and of themselves are not an indication of drunk driving; but, what they allow the officer to do is stop the motor vehicle to move forward to the personal contact phase where they’re at the side of your car, you’re rolling down your window and now they get an opportunity to observe your mannerisms, your speech, and the presentation of your face.
So, the thing that they’re looking for are normal things; they just maybe happen at all the wrong times.
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