DUI Lawyer | Many of us will be out and about this spring — cookouts, pool parties, or ball games, all followed by a party.  And some of us will be enjoying a few adult beverages during the festivities. The first rule of drinking is no driving afterwards. But if you do tip a few back before getting behind the wheel, there are a few more rules you should know about the drunk-driving checkpoints that are sure to be set out this weekend.

Here’s our best DUI checkpoint advice, from our archives:

1. DUIs and the Fourth of July: 4 Facts Every Driver Should Know

The first thing you should know is that drunk driving fatalities spike every Fourth of July, so states, counties, and cities will all be more vigilant this weekend and the DUI checkpoints will be out. And these checkpoints are legal, so long as law enforcement is following certain protocols.

2. Can You Turn Around at a DUI Checkpoint? DUI Lawyer

This is the one everyone wants to know — if I see those flashing lights up ahead, can’t I just hightail it in the other direction? While you’re not legally required to drive through a checkpoint (you are allowed to turn down a side street, for example) you are still required to follow all other traffic laws. An illegal u-turn or erratic driving can get you pulled over, even if avoiding the checkpoint alone can’t.

3. At DUI Checkpoints, Are Drug Swabs Legal?

Just because the checkpoint itself is legal, there are still rules on how and why police can determine whether you’re impaired. The use of drug swabs, and the inference of intoxication cops can use them for, is still in its infancy, but they haven’t been banned yet. DUI Lawyer

4. 9 No-Nos at DUI Checkpoints

Sometimes, knowing what not to do is better than knowing what to do. So avoid these DUI checkpoint blunders, should you stumble into one.

5. DUI Checkpoint Apps Banned by Apple, Not Google

The best way to avoid a DUI this spring is to not drink and drive. And if you’re caught at a DUI checkpoint, your best bet is to contact an experienced DUI attorney or criminal defense lawyer.


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