Vehicle In Motion

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes data for the training of law enforcement officers around the country. The NHTSA has established 20 clues of nighttime drunk drivers. For example, if the officer observes the client fail to maintain a single lane (the reason given 99% of the time by officers for stopping your client) have them admit they did not observe your client commit the other 19 clues. These 20 clues are:

  1. Turning with a wide radius
  2. Straddling the center or lane marker
  3. Appearing to be impaired
  4. Almost striking an object or vehicle
  5. Weaving
  6. Driving on other than designated roadway
  7. Swerving
  8. Driving slower than 10 m.p.h. below the speed limit
  9. Stopping in the lane for no apparent reason
  10. Following too closely
  11. Drifting
  12. Tires on the center or lane marker
  13. Braking erratically
  14. Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
  15. Slow response to traffic signals
  16. Signaling inconsistent with driving actions
  17. Stopping inappropriately
  18. Turning abruptly or illegally
  19. Accelerating or decelerating rapidly
  20. Driving with headlights off