What are the most common reasons for DWI stops in Tarrant County? Find out in this post by experienced Fort Worth DWI Lawyer Stephen Handy.

Most DUI/DWI’s are a result of being pulled over for some traffic violation.  An officer will pull you over for a moving violation and while talking to you he smells alcohol on your breath or sees open alcohol containers in your car.  While you were pulled over for some other violation, you end up being investigated or arrested for DWI.

What are the most common moving violations used?

The following is a list of the most common traffic violations and their technical definitions based on the Texas Transportation Code, if you are interested in reading further.  The portion of the legal statutes that apply to vehicles, motorists, and traffic rules is called the Texas Transportation Code.

  • Compliance with Traffic Control Device
  • Unsafe Passing to the left of another vehicle
  • Passing in a “no passing” zone
  • Unsafe Passing to the right of another vehicle
  • Driving on Improved Shoulder
  • Failure to Drive within a Single Lane
  • Following too closely behind another vehicle
  • Passing a School Bus
  • Improper turn at Intersection
  • Improper use or Failure to use turn signal
  • Failure to signal stop/sudden stop
  • Improper stop/Failure to stop at intersection
  • Failure to Yield Right of Way at Intersection
  • Failure to/Improper Yield to Emergency Vehicle
  • Improper stopping/parking (ie. in an intersection)
  • Driving at an unsafe speed
  • Speed Limits when not otherwise posted
  • Reckless Driving
  • Leaving Vehicle Unattended
  • Driving too Slow
  • Transporting Child without Safety Seat
  • Failure to Wear Seat Belt
  • Transporting Child in Back of Pickup Truck
  • Improper Backing of Vehicle
  • Driving with Operators View Obstructed
  • Racing (includes rapid acceleration, or “peeling out”)
  • Driving through Drive Way – refers to Parking Lot
  • Failure to Drive within Single Lane/Unsafe Lane Change
  • Driving Without Lights On
  • Absence of License Plate Light
  • Tail lamp not Emitting Plainly visible Red Light
  • Tinted Windows (too dark)
  • Failure to display Inspection Sticker
  • Displaying fictitious Inspection Sticker
  • Operating a Vehicle in Dangerous Mechanical Condition
  • Striking Unattended Vehicle
  • Striking Fixture or Highway Landscaping

Important:  Just because you have been accused or arrested for DWI doesn’t mean you are guilty of DWI.  The state has to prove you were guilty of driving while “intoxicated.”  Intoxication is defined by the Texas Penal Code as “not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body; OR having an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.”

If you have been arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, please call DWI lawyer in Fort Worth, Stephen Handy at 817-284-2263 or 817-307-0679 as soon as possible to discuss your case.