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What to do if an Officer Suspects that You are Driving Drunk

Unfortunately, being pulled over is a risk of being on the roads. When people see the flashing lights behind them, they generally hope that those lights are meant for a vehicle somewhere ahead of them. When they realize that the lights are meant for them, they often wonder what to do.

There are a few important points that people need to remember if they are pulled over under the suspicion of driving under the influence. Failure to prepare for this possibility can make a motorist's life more difficult later on.

DWI laws: a history lesson that can help you protect your future

There are lessons to be learned from history. We study the successes, failures and social movements of the past so that they can help guide our actions. They can also help us prepare for our future, even in situations involving drunk driving.

Drunk driving laws have had a long history, which began in 1911. It was in this year that the Minnesota Legislature first passed laws making impaired driving a misdemeanor criminal offense. In the years that passed, the laws became tougher and more detailed.

Can you believe a breathalyzer?


If you have been charged with a DWI in Minnesota, you may have had your level of intoxication determined by a breath testing device. These devices are designed to analyze a breath sample and measure the alcohol in your breath. The machine then calculates an estimation of your blood alcohol content (BAC).

Do you have a warrant for that blood test, officer?

The status of law enforcement's right in Minnesota to demand a blood test of suspected drunk driver took another turn this week, with the release of an opinion by the Minnesota Court of Appeals in a case called State v. Trahan. The case involved a driver suspected of DWI who refused to take a blood test. Rather than prosecuting him for driving while intoxicated based on other evidence of impairment, the state only charged him under Minnesota's unusual crime of refusing to test under the state's implied consent law.

Constant contact may help prevent repeat DWIs


At one time, in the U.S., prevention of intoxicated drivers was not much of a priority. In the days of metal dashboards, no crumple zones, no seat belts and no air bags, drivers often had "one for the road." Sadly, that one might have been their last one.

No sobriety checkpoints in Minnesota


Law enforcement can use a variety of methods in their attempts to prevent drunk driving. Most members of law enforcement, whether local city police, county sheriffs or the Minnesota Highway Patrol, are alert to drivers they suspect of impaired driving. During some holidays, like the recently passed Labor Day, they may use increased patrols, combined with public service announcements.

Imagine their effectiveness if police could stop everyone?


There is not much visible crime in the suburbs. No street corners filled with drug dealers or significant numbers of drive by shootings. So, the police do need other diversions. And since traffic control is typically a high priority for many residents, local suburban police may make such patrols a priority for the department.

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