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What should I do at a DUI checkpoint?

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2021 | DUI |

DUI checkpoints are not legal in all states, but they are in the state of Georgia. The Georgia police are cracking down on drinking and driving, this means that DUI checkpoints are becoming more and more common in this state.

Understanding what to do during a DUI checkpoint is vital. If you encounter a DUI checkpoint, make sure that you have your documentation ready, do not volunteer any information to the police and try to have some patience.

What documentation do the police want to see?

Most of the time, the police officer will only want to see your driver’s license, but sometimes they will also ask for insurance and registration. When you are approaching the DUI checkpoint, it is likely that you will be in a slower-moving line of traffic. Take this time to pull out your documentation in advance. This way, the officer cannot use your “fumbling”  for your documents as an excuse to delay you further.

What should I say?

You should say as little as possible to the police. It is likely that the officer will ask you if you had anything to drink, as well as where you are coming from and where you are going. Answer these questions, but do not volunteer any additional information that the police can use against you.

Patience will also help. The overall point of DUI checkpoints is to suss out drunk drivers. By keeping calm and having your documentation on hand, it is likely that you will be able to get through a DUI checkpoint in minutes. The last thing you should do is try to turn around and avoid the DUI checkpoint. This will look suspicious, even if you are completely sober.