As you know, it is best to avoid this situation entirely by drinking responsibly, taking public transportation, a taxi, or using a designated driver. However, if you have been drinking and are pulled over there are things you should and should not do.

  • Pull over as soon as you can safely do so and come to a complete stop.
  • Lower your window completely and stay in the car.
  • Place your hands on the wheel and never take them out of site.


This will make the officer feel more comfortable when approaching the car which makes it much safer for you. Don’t forget that police officers have been killed in routine traffic stops, so they have a reason to be cautious. Always be polite to the officers, but you have a constitutional right to remain silent. It may be best to do so. Always have your driver’s license and proof of insurance easily accessible. It is not only safer but you can fail a “divided attention” sobriety test for failing to locate them in a timely manner.