MORE AND MORE THE POLICE ARE USING CHECKPOINTS TO CATCH DUI DRIVERS. BE PREPARED
DRIVING INTO THE CHECKPOINT
Sufficient notice MUST be given that a checkpoint is ahead by signs and lighting. If you see one ahead you can avoid it by making a LEGAL turn. Beware. The police have motorcycle officers stationed to look for any traffic infraction to pull you over. If you cannot avoid the checkpoint don't panic you may or may not be signaled to actually go into the checkpoint or by pass it.
YOU ARE IN THE CHECKPOINT. NOW WHAT?
Don't panic. Roll your window down about half way. You do not have to respond to any questions the officer asks. If he asks for your license hand it to him. You do not have to let him look in your eyes. This is a field test to look for signs of alcohol.
If you are asked to get out of the car AGAIN. You do not have to answer any questions or do any sobriety tests.
WHAT TESTS DO I NEED TO DO?
If you have been taken to the secondary area for questioning and sobriety tests, and you are over 21, you do not have to answer any question or do any test. You do have to provide identification. If you are under 21 you can be asked to do a Preliminary Alcohol Breath test. If you refuse your license may be suspended. You do not have to do any FST's or answer questions. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANY PRELIMINARY DRUG TESTING. generally this is a new toll consisting of a mouth swab. These tests ARE NOT ACCURATE. DO NOT NO IT EVEN IF THE OFFICER IS PESISTENT.
I'M BEING ARRESTED WHAT DO I DO?
If the officer decides to arrest, he will ask you to take a breath or blood test. Generally take the breath test. If you take a blood test it can also be tested for drugs. If the officer decides that you may be under the influence of alcohol and drugs or just drugs he will request a blood test. If you refuse testing the officer will get a warrant and a forced blood test will be done.
WHAT SHOULD MY PASSENGERS DO?
Generally nothing. They do not have to say anything or giver any information to the police. They will be told to leave if you are arrested. They will have to find their own transportation home
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