Did you know that 958 people died in car accidents involving drinking and driving in Florida in 2022? This means that 31% of roadway fatalities involved impaired driving.
Due to the increase in DUI fatalities, police departments are positioning officers outside common drinking establishments. This means that even if you were not drinking, the police may pull you over for a DUI. This is what you should do.
Learn your rights
Before you encounter a DUI stop, you should learn your rights. First, you have the right to remain silent, and you should to avoid self-incrimination. You also have the right to refuse sobriety tests, and you should. Did you know that individuals who have not been drinking can actually fail these tests? Clothing, shoes, medications and any number of other factors can give the police inaccurate results.
Treat officers with respect
Find a place to pull over that is safe for you as well as the officers following you. Avoid making any sudden, jerky moves. Just wait patiently in the vehicle until an officer approaches.
Also, treat them with respect. Provide them with the information they need, such as your driver’s license and insurance information. They will ask you leading questions, and when they do, respectfully decline to answer. Remember that the police are likely taping you, and they could use these recordings as evidence against you in court.
As soon as you get your hands on some paper and a writing utensil, start recording the events of the evening. Take detailed notes of your interaction with the police. Did the officers read you your Miranda rights and give you an opportunity to contact someone?
Your best defense against a DUI is sobriety. Therefore, if you drink, call a cab or designate a sober driver.