Texas DWI Defense Attorney Reminds Drivers That Traffic Stops Can Happen At Any Time

Many DWI arrests happen at night, but it is important that drivers remember that there is a possibility that their vehicle could be stopped at any time of day. Law enforcement officials may appear to focus on the late evening hours when they look for potential DWI situations, and this apparent focus is reinforced by increased patrols at night, particularly on weekends. In reality, though, any vehicle stop at any time of day has the potential to turn into a DWI investigation.

Police in Jourdanton report that one third of the DWI arrests that they made last year occurred during the day. More specifically, officers report that thirty percent of their 2015 DWI arrests happened between two in the afternoon and eight in the evening. This statistic is unusual, because historically there were far fewer DWI arrests during those hours than there were in the late evening and early morning hours.

The increase in “daytime” DWI arrests in Jourdanton accompanies a thirty percent increase in the overall number of DWI arrests in that same area. Officers in Jourdanton and elsewhere also report making some DWI arrests at nine or ten in the morning, when many people would be finishing breakfast or having a mid-morning snack.

The important message for drivers is that law enforcement officers are thinking about and looking for drunk drivers all day long. This means that any traffic stop has the potential to turn into a DWI investigation. Fortunately, drivers can be prepared to navigate traffic stops in a way that reduces the chance that they will be investigated for DWI. For example, checking your vehicle on a regular basis for burnt out light bulbs, expired license plates, and other items that could attract unwanted attention and following the rules of the road reduce the likelihood that your vehicle will be pulled over.

Drivers should be aware that law enforcement officers, especially in areas near the Mexican border, tend to ask drivers more questions than the drivers are required by law to answer. If you are pulled over in Texas, you are required to present three things to the law enforcement officer who has stopped you – your driver’s license, your automobile insurance card, and your vehicle registration. It is essential that you remain as calm and polite as you can while you supply the required documentation. You can further protect yourself by answering as few questions as you possibly can, especially in regards to questions about where you have been, where you are going, and what you have been doing. You do not have to participate in field sobriety tests, and you may ask to speak with your attorney.

A traffic stop can happen at any time of day, and any traffic stop has the potential to become a DWI investigation. If you were arrested for DWI in Texas, call Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law today, at 214-521-4567, to learn more about how he may be able to help you.

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