Imagine that you’ve been out with your friends and you’ve had three or four drinks. Although you may wonder briefly if you’re OK to drive, you get behind the wheel anyway, and before you know it you’ve happened upon a RIDE checkpoint.
Most people who drink and drive straight into a RIDE checkpoint are immediately nervous. Just how drunk are you? Could you be over .08? How can you hide that they’ve been drinking? All of these thoughts happen in split seconds, and before you know it, you’ve got to roll down your window and talk to the police.
Wondering what police are looking for when you roll down the window? These are really obvious signs you’ve been drinking and driving.
You’re chewing gum
Yes, most people do chew gum, but when you’re frantically chewing gum at a RIDE checkpoint, it’s a sign to police that you might be trying to cover up the smell of alcohol on your breath.
You’re driving with your windows open and it’s cold outside
It gets really cold in Canada. Because it often registers -20 or colder in some parts of Ontario, you driving with all of your windows wide open could indicate to police that you’re trying to get rid of alcohol fumes in your car.
Another give away that you’ve been drinking is if you roll down the rear window instead of the front window when it’s time to talk to the officer.
You’re being evasive
When you’re at a RIDE checkpoint a police officer will ask you if you’ve been drinking. If you hesitate to answer the question or you can’t provide specific details on exactly what you’ve been doing, the officer is going to think you’re being evasive.
Getting through a RIDE checkpoint after you’ve been drinking isn’t as simple as tossing your gum or keeping your windows rolled up. The only way to pass through successfully is to drive sober, so if you need to get home after drinking hand your eyes over to someone else.