Top 20 things Police Officers in Phoenix are look for when patrolling for drunk drivers

by Aaron M. Black • October 04, 2016
Patroling for Drunk Drivers in PhoenixPolice officers in Phoenix, Arizona look for approximately 20 signs for impaired driving in Phoenix, in addition to many other civil driving infractions when patrolling for drunk drivers.

In order for the police to stop you they need to see a violation first. Violation such as turning out of a parking lot without signaling, license plate light not working and taillight or headlight out. Simply any infraction that allows them to pull you over.

In essence a simply infraction can lead to a DUI if the officer notices things such as red eyes, slurring of speech or smell of alcohol on your person.

Below is a list is based upon research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Top 20 things police officers look for when searching for drunk drivers:

  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Straddling the center of the lane marker
  • "Appearing to be drunk"
  • Almost striking an object
  • Weaving
  • Driving on other than designated highway
  • Swerving
  • Speed more than 10mph below the speed limit
  • Stopping for no reason in traffic
  • Following too closely
  • Drifting
  • Tires on lane marker
  • Erratic Braking
  • Driving into oncoming traffic
  • Inconsistent signaling
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Stopping inappropriately
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Accelerating of Decelerating rapidly
  • No headlights
Arizona has some of the most severe penalties for DUI in the country and even a first time DUI can carry some harsh penalties such as jail time and fines. In addition Arizona law requires the use of the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) also known as Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) for at least one year. The ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that is installed on your vehicle. Each time you need to drive your car you must provide a breath sample in order for your car to start.

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Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
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