Broken tail light but arrested for DUI?Recently on our DUI forum a driver asked, I was partying the other night, but I only had a few beers. I left the bar and was driving down the highway. I was not speeding or anything. Next thing I know, I am stopped and being arrested for DUI. I found out later that I was stopped for a broken tail light. What gives? Is this legal? Broken tail light and reasonable suspicion and a DUI stop Unfortunately, what you have described is quite common. You might wonder how a routine stop for a broken tail light can lead to a DUI arrest, but legally a police officer can stop your car if they have reasonable suspicion that a crime has occurred, which includes minor traffic violations. Consider also, in some states a police officer may even be able to stop your car at a sobriety checkpoint even if there is no traffic violation (although this type of stop has come under fire and is currently not allowed in 12 states).
Common reasons you might be pulled over by the policeIts not only a broken tail light that should have you worried about a potential traffic stop and possible DUI arrest. In fact, there are a variety of reasons that can establish reasonable suspicion and may allow an officer to pull you over. The most common reasons you can be stopped include the following:
- You are driving too fast or too slow.
- Illegal use of the phone.
- Hazardous driving.
- Equipment violations.