DUI Checkpoints: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1)
DUI Checkpoints FAQ
Arresting people for drunk driving is not just a way for police to try to keep the roads safe – it’s also a really big money maker for cities and counties (particularly if people are eventually convicted of DUI). What this means is that police may try to specifically target intoxicated drivers in various ways, including by setting up and running DUI checkpoints, which may also be referred to as sobriety checkpoints.
In this three-part blog series for DUI checkpoints FAQ, we will point out and discuss some interesting and important facts to know about DUI checkpoints. If you or a loved one ends up being charged with DUI at any point, don’t hesitate to contact a trusted Colorado Springs DUI defense attorney at Kohn Law Firm
Here’s What You May Want to Know about DUI Checkpoints…
Fact 1 – DUI checkpoints can be held at any time but are usually set up on weekends and holidays.
According to the Supreme Court, it’s perfectly legal for law enforcement officials to set up and run DUI checkpoints when they deem fit (as long as, of course, they abide by specific rules). Despite this, however, DUI checkpoints are far more often conducted:
- In the late evenings to early morning hours
- Over the weekends (specifically Fridays and Saturdays)
- Over festive national holidays (such as New Year’s Eve, July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc.).
The reasoning for this is likely obvious – more people tend to drive while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs during these times. Therefore, if you do happen to be drinking while there is a high probability of a DUI checkpoint being set up, call a cab, walk, or find some other way to get to where you need to be (other than driving, that is).
Fact 2 – DUI checkpoints can only be run for a discrete amount of time.
By law, police officers are required to only conduct DUI checkpoints for a limited amount of time – and, in some cases, the timeframe during which these DUI checkpoints will be operated must be specified ahead of time.
The reason for this is that there should ideally be minimal – if any – impact to the other, law-abiding motorists on the roadways. In line with this thinking, police also have to specify a discrete, specific location where DUI checkpoints will be operated ahead of time.
We will pick this discussion back up in a few upcoming parts of this blog series – make sure you look for them!
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