Ask a DUI Attorney in Norfolk VA: What is a Reasonable Suspicion for a Traffic Stop?

Answer:

The police may stop and interact with a driver during the following situations:

  • Automobile accidents;
  • Sobriety checkpoints, AKA roadblocks;
  • Reports from other drivers that car is being driven erratically;
  • An officer has observed erratic or suspicious driving, or traffic infractions indicating the possibility that the driver may be impaired; and
  • A police officer has stopped a vehicle for a lesser traffic offense (dead license plates or stickers, broken equipment, etc.) then notices the signs of driver intoxication, and begins a DUI investigation.

Police officers are trained to detect drunk drivers by observing how drivers are operating their vehicles. The following list, as determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), estimates the chances that a driver making these errors is driving under the influence. If a police officer observes the actions below, they have a reasonable suspicion to legally justify a traffic stop, detention, and further investigation.

  • Straddling center or lane marker - 65%
  • Appearing to be drunk - 60%
  • Almost striking object or vehicle - 60%
  • Weaving - 60%
  • Driving on other than designated roadway - 55%
  • Swerving - 55%
  • Slow speed (more than 10 mph below limit) - 50%
  • Stopping (without cause) in traffic lane - 50%
  • Drifting - 50%
  • Following too closely - 45%
  • Tires on center or land marker - 45%
  • Braking erratically - 45%
  • Driving into opposing or crossing traffic - 45%
  • Signaling inconsistent with driving actions - 40%
  • Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane)- 35%
  • Turning abruptly or illegally - 35%
  • Accelerating or decelerating rapidly - 30%
  • Headlights off - 30%

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