What to expect at a DUI checkpoint

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | DUI |

Law enforcement sets up driving under-the-influence checkpoints to ensure road safety and catch drivers who may be impaired.

If you encounter one of these checkpoints, you should understand what to expect.

Spotting the checkpoint

Motor vehicle incidents involving alcohol killed 13,384 people in 2021. Statistics like these have encouraged the federal government and the State of California to legalize DUI checkpoints. You can find these checkpoints in areas with a history of drunk driving incidents or during times when alcohol-related accidents are more likely, such as holidays or weekends. Cones, signs or flashing lights make these checkpoints easily noticeable to drivers.

Approaching the checkpoint

As you approach a DUI checkpoint, you will see police officers directing traffic. They may signal you to stop or direct you to a specific lane. An officer will approach your car and ask you some questions about where you came from and if you drank any alcohol. Remain polite and cooperative during this interaction.

The officer will likely ask to see your driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. Make sure you have these documents readily available, and hand them over when requested.

Sobriety tests

If the officer suspects that you may be driving under the influence, they may ask you to perform field sobriety tests. These tests typically involve tasks like walking in a straight line or standing on one leg to assess your coordination and balance.

If the officer has reasonable suspicion to believe that you are under the influence, they may ask you to take a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol concentration. Refusing to take this test can result in legal consequences, such as license suspension.

To protect yourself, avoid drinking and driving. Instead, call for a ride or designate a driver before you begin imbibing.