Drunk driving can be deadly, for the driver and other people on the road.
In Michigan, it’s illegal drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher. People can still be arrested if their BAC is lower. There are some clear signs police look out for when spotting drunk drivers; but the driver must first commit a traffic violation.
Police look for divers swerving in lanes of traffic, driving erratically and driving without headlights. Once police stop a car, they are not only investigating the traffic violation, but looking to signs for drunk driving.
The driver is then asked a few questions to determine if they need to be given a sobriety test. A drunk driver may have trouble reaching for their driver’s license or registration. Police may smell alcohol on the driver.
A driver gets an automatic six points on their license, and their license is suspended if they refuse a sobriety test.