When a person is driving while intoxicated, something they may do that triggers attention from the police is called lane drifting.
Lane drifting happens when a vehicle drifts between lanes because the driver is being inattentive. This may result in them hovering over the line between the lanes or even stopping or slowing traffic. In a worst-case scenario, this could lead to a head-on collision or side-swipe crash.
Why would lane drifting make the police suspect you are driving while impaired?
Drivers could do this because of falling asleep behind the wheel, easily distracted, feeling dizzy or because they have problems with their vision at night. But, lane drifting is a very common behavior among drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol.
If a police officer sees you drifting in and out of your lane, you can bet that their first instinct will be to assume that you’re drunk. That could color their reactions to you in a traffic stop and eventually lead to an arrest.
What can you do to prevent lane drifting?
Essentially, you need to be a responsible driver. Keep your eyes on the road and limit your electronic use when you’re driving. If you’re having trouble seeing at night or can’t stay awake, it may be time to get some rest before you go any further.
And, naturally, don’t drink and drive. Call a friend or call for a ride and don’t put yourself or others at risk.
If you do make a mistake and are charged with drunk driving, there may be defenses available to you. Speak to an attorney about your options before you speak with the police.