Stopped for Drunken Driving? Certain Physical Factors can Affect a Driver’s Blood-alcohol Content (BAC) Reading

It’s no surprise that drivers in the Garden State face stiff and relatively inflexible drunk driving laws. And while saying that our state’s anti-DWI statutes are rigid, it’s a fair bet that the State Police and local law enforcement officers who uphold those laws are equally as unwavering in carrying out their duties when it comes to motorists who allegedly drive under the influence of beer, wine or hard liquor.

Naturally, nobody actually wants to be arrested for DWI or drug DUI, but the fact remains that it does happen and one should be ready for that day, if it comes, by understanding the science surrounding a drunken driving arrest.

Following a traffic stop, if the driver seems even slightly impaired, a patrolman may decide that the motorist has a high likelihood of being drunk behind the wheel. After confirming his or her suspicions, usually through physical observations as well as with a battery of standardized field sobriety tests, the officer may take the suspect into custody. Once at police headquarters, the driver will likely be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test.

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