What To Do and Not To Do at a DUI Checkpoint
It’s no secret that the Arizona Highway Patrol has upped its game when it comes to sobriety checkpoints. In fact, the Patrol has made a point in blanketing the state with their stops. In this entry, we’ll talk about how to avoid raising suspicion of the cop as you approach a sobriety checkpoint.
- Before you reach the checkpoint, it’s a good idea to tell all of your passengers to remain quiet and calm through the entire process.
It’s common behavior for the cops to try to engage other passengers in conversation. They’re not just being friendly; rather they are observing the behavior of all occupants and are also looking for underage drinking violations.
- They can’t search your car unless you let them. Rest assured that your police are not legally permitted to search your vehicle at a sobriety checkpoint unless you give them permission to do so or you give them probable cause to search.
- Make sure your driver’s license and registration are current, and can be found easily. It’s a good idea to place your registration and insurance information in a separate envelope in your glove compartment so that you can get to them easily.
Fumbling around for them can raise the suspicion of the cops, so don’t give them any extra ammunition.
- Your 5th Amendment rights remain intact, which means you do not have to say anything to the officer. In fact, the very best thing you can say to an officer at a sobriety checkpoint is simply, “I do not wish to answer that question.” You do not have to respond with any information about where you’ve been or where you’re going.
- You, the driver, make the rules. Remember, as the driver, it’s up to you to lay the ground rules for all of your passengers. Do not let any of them have or carry opened alcoholic beverages in your vehicle – it’s simply not worth it.
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