Examining what happens at a drunk driving checkpoint

Law enforcement officials all over Georgia set up driving under the influence checkpoints regularly. Also known as DUI checkpoints, these are used to find drivers who are operating their vehicles under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These checkpoints have caught many a driver under the influence, potentially averting a tragic accident that would have caused injury or death.

When you pull up to a DUI checkpoint, the officer will approach your vehicle and have you put your window down. He or she will then ask to see your driver's license, registration and car insurance. The officer will run your information for any warrants or other criminal issues.

You will face a litany of questions at the checkpoint. The officer will ask you where you just came from, where you are headed and other questions. The very few minutes that the officer is speaking with you are used to determine if a sobriety check should be performed on you. The officer will look for the following signs:

  • A flushed face
  • Slurred speech
  • The smell of alcohol in your car or on your breath
  • A lack of balance or coordination
  • Bloodshot eyes

If you exhibit any signs of intoxication, the officer will likely ask you to step out of the car and then conduct sobriety tests. If you cannot pass the sobriety tests administered, the officer will place you under arrest for DUI.

Now that you know what happens at a DUI checkpoint in Cumming, Georgia, you can prepare for one the next time you are on the road. As always, do not drive under the influence and always use a designated driver.

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