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Navigating DUI Checkpoints

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | DUI

Driving under the influence checkpoints are a common occurrence on Florida roads, especially during holidays and weekends. Law enforcement agencies set up these checkpoints to deter drunk driving and ensure road safety.

While encountering a DUI checkpoint can feel nerve-wracking, knowing how to navigate through it can help alleviate some of the stress.

Know your rights

As a driver, you should understand your rights when encountering a DUI checkpoint. You have the right to remain silent and not answer any questions beyond providing your license, registration, and insurance. Additionally, you have the right to refuse field sobriety tests, but doing so may lead to further suspicion from law enforcement.


Before hitting the road, prepare all your documents. Keep your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance card within reach to prevent any unnecessary delays.

Also, law enforcement may announce the time and locations of these checkpoints. Local news outlets and law enforcement websites are good sources of information. Stay informed and plan your route to avoid unnecessary encounters at DUI checkpoints.

Stay calm and cooperative

Approach the checkpoint calmly and follow the instructions given by law enforcement officers. Roll down your window, turn off your radio, and cooperate with any requests for documentation.

Avoid incriminating yourself

Alcohol-involved accidents resulted in 13,384 deaths in 2021, according to the NHTSA, so law enforcement will ask you questions about your activities. While you should cooperate, be mindful of what you say. Avoid making any self-incriminating statements or admitting to consuming alcohol, even if you have had just one drink. Law enforcement can use anything you say against you, so exercise your right to remain silent.

Ultimately, prioritizing safety on the road benefits everyone and helps to prevent accidents caused by drunk driving. Call a cab or rideshare after imbibing.

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