Seeing the flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror is not something that makes anyone feel comfortable, but if a North Carolina officer pulls you over, it is important to know what to do. This is especially true if the officer suspects you of drinking and driving. What you do during the traffic stop can affect what happens to you afterward.
Alcohol.org explains that you should remain calm and comply with the officer’s requests. You want to keep your hands on the steering wheel where the officer can see them. Also, keep your responses polite. Being combative could lead to your arrest even if you are not under the influence.
You do not have to provide a lot of information. Keep your answers concise. You do not have to say that you were drinking or how much you drank. Simply tell the officer that you do not wish to answer that question. Again, make sure to be polite in your refusal.
If the officer asks you to take sobriety tests or a breathalyzer test, you can refuse. However, be aware that the officer may place you under arrest for refusing, and you may have to take a test once you arrive at the jail.
Throughout the stop, make sure that you do not do anything that will make the situation worse, such as raising your voice or making sudden movements. You want to keep the interaction as peaceful as possible. Do realize that you may end up under arrest regardless of whether you are under the influence or not. This information is for education and is not legal advice.