Columbus DUI Detection Phase Two: Personal Contact

Now you're pulled over and feeling panicked, agitated or possibly angry. Panic = you saw those red and blue lights suddenly lit up like the 4th of July, your heart skipped a beat or two (you may have thought a heart attack was imminent), and you started giving yourself a pep talk. Note: If you've started a pep talk, you need a Columbus DUI Attorney immediately.  Agitation and anger usually come from feelings like, "I didn't do anything wrong? Why would he/she possibly pull me over?" Now what? Well now the officer is going to use his knowledge, training and experience to detect whether or not you, as the driver of a motor vehicle, are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is where things start to get tricky. 
As stated in my previous post, all techniques and clues that Columbus police officers use in DUI detection are taken directly from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) manual on drunk driving. The first step in the Personal Contact phase of Columbus DUI investigation is called "pre-exit screening."

Columbus OVI Pre-exit Screening: Sight, Sound, Smell

In pre-exit screening, Columbus police use sight, sound and smell to determine if their DUI investigation should go further than simply writing a traffic ticket.  The use of all three senses is pretty self explanatory when trying to detect anything, right? I would venture to guess that 99.9% of people reading this post (so probably about 3) have seen someone that was obviously intoxicated. Nevertheless, I said I would give a complete breakdown and complete breakdown I shall give. 

  • Bloodshot Eyes - there are SEVERAL reasons you might have bloodshot eyes, but it is one of the most sighted justifications for continuing an DUI investigation, ultimately ending in arrest
  • Soiled Clothes - Let your imagination run wild
  • Fumbling Fingers - We'll get to this later in the post
  • Alcohol Containers - My job is not to judge you for being arrested for DUI, or to scold you for the position you're in. My job is to protect your license. If you have an open bottle of whiskey in your lap, you have made my job much harder.
  • Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia - See above but substitute "pill bottle" or "baggie of marijuana" for bottle of whiskey
  • Bruises, Bumps or Scratches - I have never seen a police report where the officer used this as a clue to continue their DUI investigation, but I can envision the scenario.
  • Slurred Speech
  • Admissions to Drinking - Classic response to "Have you been drinking tonight?" = 2 beers. Rhetorical Question: Why admit to anything?
  • Abusive Language - Do you kiss your mother with that mouth? If you can give me one good reason to verbally abuse a police officer then I will post your reason (anonymously if you prefer) and my public apology.
  • Do you smell like booze, marijuana, or other intoxicating substances?
  • "Cover up" odors - popping in a piece of gum, spraying perfume/cologne or doing anything else that might act as a "cover up" is a sure fire way to get yourself pulled out of the car.

In an effort to keep these posts helpful, readable and somewhat enjoyable, the Personal Contact phase will be continued in the next post. 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration DUI Detection Manual 2006.


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