Watch Your Speed and Make Sure Your Car’s Equipment is Working

policeNH DUI/DWI – Two of the most common reasons for DUI/DWI stops by the police are speeding and faulty equipment. Police officers, by training and experience, believe that the later it is at night, the more likely it is that drivers on the road are impaired by drugs or alcohol. After 10pm at night, officers on patrol are looking at the cars they encounter on the road for signs of DWI. Often, the sign they are looking for is erratic driving – weaving, crossing the center or fog line – that will allow them to make a stop for suspicion of DWI. Just as often, they are looking for speeding or faulty equipment.

Speed

During the daytime, most Troopers will not stop a car for anything less than 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. After 10pm, that changes. Often, Troopers and local cops on patrol after 10pm are on a DUI detail, where their job is to find and remove DWI offenders from the road. For the most part, the best way to do that is to make traffic stops. Late at night, cops may pull a car over for as little as 6 or 7 miles over the speed limit. By the way, some people think it’s a good idea, when they’ve had a drink or two, to be extra careful and drive under the speed limit. This is not a good idea. Cops see any speed significantly under the limit as suspicious. As a general rule, drive at a speed between the limit and 5 mph over and, obviously, don’t drive if you are or could be at all impaired.

Equipment

Now let’s talk about equipment. As we have discussed, faulty equipment is a major reason for traffic stops at night. Did you ever think about the fact that there is a light that illuminates your license plate when your headlights are on? That light comes from a light bulb, and light bulbs on your car, just like light bulbs in your home, burn out. If the light on your license plate is out, that’s a valid reason to be pulled over at night. The same is true of your headlights, your tail lights, and your directional signals. If any of these lights is out at night, that’s obvious to any police officer and it can get the motorist pulled over. The later it is, the more likely the officer is to suspect DUI. And if you’ve had even one drink, chances are the officer will smell it on your breath when he or she interacts with you through the driver’s window. They will ask you if you have been drinking, get you out of the car, and have you performing roadside sobriety tests in no time. That’s no place to be, and it can be avoided when the non-impaired driver checks his or her equipment before getting in the car and driving at night.

Don’t make yourself a target for a DWI stop!

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