At a DUI checkpoint, officers require all traffic to stop and will ask randomly selected drivers for their license and registration. They arrest anyone suspected of DUI, driving without a license, or other crimes.
DUI checkpoints are widely disliked by motorists but considered an effective tool by law enforcement and local governments. These organizations will often spin DUI checkpoints as being about safety. But they are also about maximizing arrests and revenue from fines.
The concept of the DUI checkpoint (or “DUI roadblock”) has been challenged many times on legal grounds. It is considered legal and constitutional. When done properly, a DUI checkpoint will choose motorists at random—every third car, for example, or every fifth car. These drivers will be asked to show their license and registration. All other vehicles will be waved through.
Checking your license is an officer’s chance to get a look at you. They check to see whether you appear alert, if you have bloodshot eyes, and whether you smell of alcohol or marijuana. They visually scan your vehicle for open bottles. If they suspect you of drinking or using drugs, you will be arrested for DUI.
You could also be arrested or ticketed for:
- Driving without a license
- Driving on a suspended license
- Drug possession
- Vehicle infractions like a broken headlight, etc.
Although roadblocks are legal, they have become subject to intense scrutiny. Officers must plan them, announce them, and run them according to specific rules. And they cannot discriminate based on race or presumed immigrant status. If you were arrested for DUI at a roadblock, you should know your rights. Find out more about your rights here: Do you have to stop at a DUI check point in California?
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