DUIs Originate Predominately from Traffic Violations
Interviewer: What is the typical scenario that leads to a DUI arrest? Is it always because of a traffic violation?
Jerry Novak: It’s always going to be some type of traffic infraction. You won’t signal when you change lanes. You’ll make a wide turn. You’ll be speeding. Maybe you’ll weave within your lane. Maybe you won’t have your seatbelt on.
People Driving Cars They Are Unfamiliar with May Forget to Turn on the Headlights
Many times, people driving at night forget to turn their headlights on. A lot of cars have automatic headlights, and then people go out of town, and they rent a car, and they may not rent a car of the same level that they own at home, and so that rental car may not have those automatic headlights. You may not even think about turning those headlights on.
Almost any reason under the sun is good enough for the police to stop you. There are even some cases that have come down from Illinois Supreme Court that says while you’re stopped at a stop light, a driver, “I was waiting for the green light. The green light came on,” he hesitated for three seconds, and then proceeded to go forward, and that was upheld as reasonable grounds for a stop.
You May Politely Decline to Answer Police Questions If Stopped
I like to say almost any reason is a good enough reason for the police to stop you. The minute they stop you they’ll start asking questions, and you’re usually your own worst enemy by answering those questions. Remember, you have an absolute right to say, “I’m sorry, sir. I don’t wish to answer any questions.”
That would be my advice. “Where are you going? Where are you coming from? Have you had anything to drink tonight?” “I’m sorry, sir. I don’t wish to answer any questions.”
If you don’t answer any questions, you don’t give them any information by which they can base reasonable grounds to have you get out of the car, and ask you to participate in these standardized field sobriety tests.