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These motorcycle-riding behaviors may lead to a DUI stop

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | DUI

When riding a motorcycle, as with operating any vehicle, safety should always come first. When riders engage in certain behaviors, police officers may suspect that drunk driving is at play and perform a DUI stop.

Certain actions in particular can put the rider at risk and ultimately result in a traffic stop.

Weaving between lanes

Swerving or weaving between lanes can be dangerous and may raise a red flag for law enforcement officers. This erratic behavior can indicate impaired motor skills and judgment, raising suspicion of DUI.

Speeding and reckless driving

Excessive speed and reckless maneuvers are common indicators of impaired riding. Riding well above the speed limit or engaging in dangerous stunts increases the likelihood of catching the attention of law enforcement.

Ignoring traffic signals

Disregarding traffic signals can be another clear sign of impaired judgment. For example, running red lights or stop signs can lead nearby law enforcement to conclude that the rider is not currently capable of sound decision-making. Failure to obey traffic laws not only increases the risk of accidents but also draws attention to a rider’s potential impairment.

Erratic braking

Abrupt or inconsistent braking patterns can signal impairment to law enforcement officers. Such behavior may indicate slowed reaction times and impaired motor coordination.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that, in 2021, 29% of motorcyclists who died in traffic accidents were drunk at the time. This high percentage illustrates why law enforcement may be particularly observant of unusual motorcycle riding behaviors. Even so, though, it is important to know your rights when pulled over for a DUI stop.