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What makes you look like a drunk driver?

Worried that you're going to get pulled over for being drunk when you're not? This is something that absolutely happens in Maryland, as police just look for common signs that a driver is intoxicated. These signs include the following:

1. A car that is quickly accelerating or decelerating.2. A driver who is tailgating another vehicle.3. A car that is zig-zagging across the lanes.4. A car being driven on something that is not a road — like a sidewalk.5. A driver who has a near miss, almost hitting another vehicle or a stationary object.6. A car that stops without any reason to do so.7. A driver who uses his signals improperly.8. A driver who response to traffic conditions slowly.9. A car that is right on the center line.10. A car without its headlights on at nighttime.11. A car that is going too slow — like 10 miles per hour under the speed limit.12. A driver who makes abrupt or illegal turns.13. A car being driven on the wrong side of the road.

As you can see, many of these are things that could happen for reasons other than being drunk. You may be driving with your lights off simply because you forgot to flip them on and the streetlights are very bright. You may be driving 10 MPH under the speed limit because you just don't drive often, and you're not comfortable doing it. You could turn in the opposite direction than you signaled because your GPS updated at the last second and told you to turn the other way.

If you've been pulled over and even arrested for drunk driving when something else made you look drunk, make sure you know your legal options.

Source: MADD, "How to Spot a Drunk Driver," accessed Dec. 04, 2015

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