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5 Things to Know About DUI Checkpoints
A DUI checkpoint is usually not the end of your night out that you were hoping for. If you are sober, it is a mere inconvenience that might make you get home a few minutes later than you were hoping. However, if you’ve been drinking, it could totally ruin your night (or weekend, or year, or life!). DUI checkpoints are sometimes pesky, but their purpose is to keep everyone on the roads safe from drunk drivers. Whether you’ve been drinking or not, it’s important to know a few things about these roadblocks ahead of time. This way, you’ll know your rights and won’t be taken advantage of because of your ignorance.
#1 DUI checkpoints are testing for sobriety. These blockades are set up by local law enforcement for the purpose of interviewing drivers to find those under the influence. They look for signs of intoxication in drivers, only using a breath test on those they have sufficient evidence to test. Just like other traffic stops, they must have a reason to test you.
#2 They usually aren’t a surprise. DUI checkpoints are usually set up during times that drunk driving incidences increase, such as on holiday evenings or weekends. For instance, 4th of July or New Year’s Eve will almost certainly see more law enforcement presence on the road and DUI checkpoints set up.These are definitely not a time to try to drive home after a few beers, even if you’re a few blocks away.
#3 They must be clearly marked for safety. To prevent collisions from drivers surprised by police officers suddenly standing in the middle of the road, DUI checkpoints must be clearly marked. This is especially needed at night, which most DUI checkpoints take place in. Ft. Lauderdale police officers typically park their vehicles on the road with their lights flashing, while they stand in the main street and flag down vehicles to a side street.
#4 Officers must identify themselves. During these stops, police officers must identify themselves at DUI checkpoints. They should be wearing both their uniforms and any necessary reflective gear for being spotted in the dark, like bright orange vests. Unlike some other police endeavors, like a speed trap, the police officer cannot be hiding or attempt to mislead you about the fact that they’re checking your sobriety.
#5 Failing a DUI checkpoint isn’t the end. If you ever get charged with DUI at a DUI checkpoint, A Green Light Bail Bonds is here for you. Blowing above a .08 does not mean you must plead guilty and accept your consequences. Did the police officers unfairly target you? Was the checkpoint clearly marked? We can assist you in making bail, so you can begin to build your case.
A Greenlight Bail Bonds is open 24/7, which means after failing a DUI checkpoint we can be called right away.
Call us at 954-256-3466, or you can also fill out our online form asking any bail questions you may have. We are Ft. Lauderdale’s most-trusted bail bonds company. Contact us today and find out why.