You’ve had a few drinks. You’re alert, in a good mood, and chatting with friends. You are ready to go home, you feel fine, and you’ve been hanging out for a while so it will be fine. Alcohol has never been a problem, you have always been responsible. Still, when you see the cop throw his lights on and pull up behind you, you begin to get nervous.
The officer asks if you know why he pulled you over. Did I roll through a stop sign? Was I going too fast? You must have looked a little stunned, because the officer tells you a brake light is out. With some relief you tell the officer you didn’t know, but you will certainly fix it in the morning. The officer listens and nods, then pauses for a moment. The officer inquires if you have had anything to drink that night. Uhh, uh-oh. Ok. I can just be honest. “Yes, officer. I had a few beers earlier in the evening.” Ok, great job. Sounded normal. “Step out of the car,” the officer commands. You obey, not wanting to cause a problem.
The officer begins to walk you through a series of tests. He makes you say the alphabet backwards. Nailed it. He makes you walk and turn. That wasn’t too bad. He makes you balance on each leg. Your balance seems pretty off. I’m not even sure I could do that sober. “Turn around, put your hands behind your back. You’re under arrest for driving under the influence.” Shame and embarrassment wash over you as you cooperate with the officer and climb in the back of his cruiser.
At the precinct, an officer asks if you will take a breathalyzer. You agree and blow a .11 both times. Eventually you make arrangements to be at court in a week and your tired, angry, silent mother arrives to take you home.
Most adults are going to be out drinking on occasion. It is not hard to arrange a safe ride home, with a designated driver or driving services. That being said, there are a few things in the scenario above that did not help you (the driver) in this situation. Please review what was right and wrong from the scenario:
- Don’t drink and drive;
- You do not have to answer when an officer asks if you have been drinking;
- Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) are designed to make you fail;
- You can refuse to do FSTs.
- Take the breathalyzer! In CT if you drive, you have implied consent to a test to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC);
- BAC test results can often be disputed based on the strict regulations police must adhere to;
- Be kind and quiet. Don’t say more than you need to, but always be respectful.
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