When a police officer orders a driver to stop his or her vehicle, the driver’s first instinct typically is to sheepishly admit the mistake and answer the officer’s questions. The officer asks if the driver had been drinking and the driver responds with the standard “one or two beers.” The driver mistakenly believes that honesty will somehow get the driver out of the situation and avoid an arrest. Unfortunately, the driver couldn’t be more wrong.
Having undergone the same alcohol detection training that is required of police officers, I can tell you that if the officer asks a driver to step out of the vehicle, the driver is likely facing arrest. Alcohol detection consists of three phases. The first phase is known as “Vehicle In Motion.” Officers are trained on 24 visual cues of a vehicle which would prompt an officer to stop the vehicle for the purpose of a possible DUI. By the time an officer knocks on the driver’s window, the officer already has noted some aspect of the vehicle’s movement…whether you agree or not…which prompted the officer to stop the vehicle.