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Role of environmental conditions on a DWI stop in Louisiana

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in Louisiana, carrying severe penalties. However, the circumstances surrounding a DWI stop can significantly impact the outcome of a case.

One factor is the environmental conditions at the time of the stop.

Weather conditions

Weather conditions such as rain or fog can affect visibility and road conditions, potentially leading to erratic driving behavior. Heavy rain, for instance, may make it hard for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles. The Baton Rouge area gets at least seven rainy days per month, with June and July each getting an average of 12 rainy days.

In such weather, drivers may swerve or make abrupt stops. It could be bad weather and not alleged intoxication affecting their driving patterns.

Road conditions

Potholes, uneven surfaces or construction zones can force drivers to maneuver unpredictably. Defendants may argue that their driving behavior, which led to the DWI stop, was a result of navigating hazardous road conditions rather than impairment.

Traffic conditions

Heavy traffic or congested roads can create stressful driving conditions. They may lead to mistakes or erratic behavior. In such situations, drivers may weave between lanes or fail to maintain a consistent speed.

Time of day

The time of day can also influence DWI stops. Late-night or early-morning stops may involve tired, not intoxicated, drivers. Fatigue can impair driving ability similarly to alcohol, leading to similar behaviors such as weaving, drifting or failing to obey traffic signals.

Environmental conditions may play a significant role in DWI stops in Louisiana. Defendants facing DWI charges should be aware of this.

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