It can be nerve-wracking when you find yourself faced with a DUI traffic stop. Unfortunately, many people panic and say things that can worsen the situation. Ensuring a smooth encounter with law enforcement means choosing your words carefully.
There are several things that you should avoid saying when interacting with the police.
1. “I only had a couple of drinks.”
Honesty is important, but oversharing can cost you when it comes to a traffic stop. Saying that you only had a couple of drinks might seem harmless, but it serves as an admission of guilt that the police can use against you later. Regardless of the quantity, any alcohol consumption can potentially impair your ability to drive safely.
2. “It is my medication, not alcohol.”
It is easy to think that you can resolve the situation quickly if you explain that a medication you took is to blame for your driving behaviors. Unfortunately, the law addresses impairment of any form, including not only alcohol but medication as well. In fact, the NHTSA reports that 56% of drivers involved in serious crashes tested positive for at least one substance.
3. “I can prove that I am not drunk.”
When faced with a traffic stop for driving under the influence, your first instinct might be to prove that you are not drunk through a field sobriety test. These tests rely on the officer’s judgment as well as established markers to determine potential impairment, which creates a subjective situation that could lead to unexpected charges.
A DUI traffic stop can prove stressful, but choosing the right words can make a difference in the outcome. Be mindful of these statements as you interact with the police to protect yourself.