31 Oct DUI Checkpoint and What to Expect
DUI checkpoints often feel like a nuisance for most people. This is a good thing, since most people do not drink and drive. Unfortunately, there are still some people out there who think it is okay to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. In fact, a person is injured due to a drunk driving accident every 2 minutes.
This is why law enforcement agencies setup DUI checkpoints, especially around holiday weekends. It is no secret that people like to drink a little more around holiday. Even more so if the holiday creates a 3 day weekend. While Halloween does not create a 3 day weekend, it is still a holiday that encourages a lot of partying.
Due to the increase in drunk drivers around Halloween, you can expect to see more DUI checkpoints. You are allowed to avoid these checkpoints, so long as you do not break any driving laws to do so. As long as you have not been drinking, you have nothing to worry about. When you pull up to the officer, he will likely ask to see your license and registration, and ask a few questions. The questions will be simple: Where are you going? Where are you coming from? Have you been drinking?
After you have answered the questions, and the officer determines that you have not been drinking, he will let you go on your way. However, if the officer suspects that you have been drinking, he will ask you to pull over to the side of the road. There, another officer will conduct a field sobriety test, and if you fail, you will be arrested for driving under the influence.
The best way to avoid this, is to drink responsibly. This means either designating a sober driver, or hiring a taxi, Lyft, or Uber to take you home. Doing this will help you stay out of trouble, and keep the roads safe for everyone.