DUI checkpoints are designed to catch drivers operating their vehicles under the influence of alcohol before an accident occurs. However, it's important that those charged understand that the officers at these checkpoints still have to follow proper procedure when administering field sobriety tests or conducting searches on the vehicles. If you've been arrested for driving under the influence after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, it's important to talk with a criminal defense attorney about your case and your possible options.
At a recent checkpoint set up in Kansas City, a total of 15 people were arrested for drunk driving. The checkpoint was a joint effort by Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Kansas City Police Department and was put in at the intersection of Harlem Road and U.S. Route 169. The checkpoint ran through the night of the June 19 through to the early morning hours of June 20.
According to reports from police, more than 1,000 vehicles were stopped in the five hours the checkpoint was active. In addition to the 15 people arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, nine others were arrested for other unrelated crimes.
Field sobriety tests are an important part of drunk driving checkpoints and the vast majority of drunk driving arrests. Refusing to take a field sobriety test can result in immediate arrest. However, those who fail these tests should understand their options. To learn more about the procedures and processes involved in field sobriety tests and what you can do if you are facing charges after failing one, talk with a criminal defense attorney.
Source: The Kansas City Star, "Kansas City sobriety checkpoint yields 15 DUI arrests," Eric Adler, June 20, 2015