Drunk driving is illegal everywhere in Florida; as a result, Central Florida residents understand that there are consequences if they get arrested for driving drunk. As DUI is a common cause of traffic accidents across the country, state lawmakers have created tough drunk driving laws to curb similar accidents. Drivers can only be pulled over for probable cause or they are exhibiting signs of drunkenness or intoxication. If no probable cause exists, however, then there is no reason for authorities to stop a motorist.
If gestured by a Florida police officer to stop your car, it is important that you remain calm and pull over at the next exit or park your vehicle on the shoulder of the road. Officers might have seen a burned out taillight or you may have violated a traffic law, which could be a sign of intoxication. You should put your hands on the steering wheel where officers can see them. During a traffic stop, officers will observe your behavior and check for signs of intoxication. Field sobriety tests may ensue and the results of these exams can be used as probable cause to arrest you for drunk driving. Officers also may order you to undergo a breath test to check your blood alcohol content.