Much like other states, Arizona is prone to setup DUI checkpoints and the areas around Phoenix are no different. These DUI checkpoints are designed to prevent drunk drivers from operating a vehicle after drinking. The driver is often stopped at random and asked questions. This protocol is used to help alert the officer is trying to determine if the driver is drunk based on slurred speech or any other signs of inebriation.
Normally, officers at DUI checkpoints will ask the driver to roll down the window all the way. This is in part to smell the breath of the driver and determine if he or she consumed alcohol. The officer may also request that the driver submit to a number of field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer if they have reason to believe that he or she had been drinking. It is important to understand your rights at these checkpoints and how to be aware of them.
There are various sites online as well as local publications that keep individuals aware of where the DUI checkpoints are going to be that night or that weekend. Most often, law enforcement will choose a place that allows them to comfortably stop vehicles while also keeping their own officers safe from potential danger. Knowing where these DUI checkpoints are can help you avoid a possible arrest.
Officers will often choose locations close to where DUI accidents occur or close to bars because they know that there is a risk of drunk driving. If you are stopped at a DUI checkpoint, be polite to the officer conducting the stop. Make sure that you are compliant as a refusal to participate in a breath or blood test can result in the suspension of your driver’s license.
At MayesTelles PLLC, our Phoenix DUI attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals defend their rights after an arrest. If you have been stopped at a DUI checkpoint and arrested, our firm can analyze the evidence and determine if you have a defense. Call today to learn more about your rights and options and for your free consultation.