A DUI checkpoint (also referred to as a sobriety checkpoint or DUI roadblock), is one method law enforcement uses to test drivers for intoxication. Checkpoints are usually set up at intersections and during times when impaired driving is more common, such as nights, weekends, and holidays. A police officer will stop drivers using a pattern or sequence – for example, stopping every fourth car. The officers then evaluate drivers of the stopped vehicle for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Although a police officer must have probable cause to stop a vehicle, the Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that DUI checkpoints don’t require probable cause provided that certain criteria are followed. The high court decision held that the government’s interest in reducing alcohol-related injuries was sufficient to justify a “brief intrusion” of a checkpoint. 12 states do not permit DUI checkpoints and those that do often have special requirements for the police to follow.
Upcoming DUI & DWI Checkpoints
Statewide, CO DUI Checkpoints
The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin increased DUI enforcement on Friday through Sunday across the state.
Santa Ana, CA DUI Checkpoint
The Santa Ana Police Department will be conducting a DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, January 14th, 2022.
Orange County, CA DUI Checkpoint
The Orange Police Department is conducting a DUI and Driver’s license checkpoint tonight at 600 W. Katella Avenue.
Clovis, NM DWI Checkpoint
The Clovis Police Department will be conducting a DWI checkpoint on January 21st, 2022 at an undisclosed location.
Okeechobee, FL DUI Checkpoint
The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office is planning to hold a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Jan. 21, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., at 2117 Hwy 441-SE.
Franklin, TN DUI Checkpoint
Williamson County officials will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Jan. 28th on Road between Meadow Lake Road and Wilson Pike Circle.
States That Allow DUI & DWI Checkpoints
|Alaska||No Statutory Authority|
|District of Columbia||Permitted|
|Iowa||No Statutory Authority|
|Montana||Alternative to checkpoints|
|Washington||No Statutory Authority|