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State and local police departments that utilize DUI checkpoints near me decide when, where, and how often police checkpoints will be set up in their jurisdiction. By way of an example of a state DUI checkpoint policy, the Georgia State Patrol mandates extra traffic enforcement laws training, including how to set up sobriety checkpoints. However, beyond suggesting regular use of safety checkpoints or license checks, a local State Patrol post in each area determines when to deploy their DUI checkpoints.
Turning to local enforcement, some police agencies publicize the fact their police officers will set up at least one roadblock EVERY DAY. So if you’re going out on the town after work today, you you will be on the lookout for DUI checkpoints tonight. Plus, for states that permit warrantless sobriety checks, occasional daytime DUI checkpoints will be used, just to let impaired drivers know that the local police are aggressively enforcing their police checkpoints. The deterrence effect caused by knowing that police will be establishing checkpoints today has the effect of making motorists who were thinking of drinking and driving to rethink their decision-making. When lack of prior planning results in a DUI arrest, the driver will be calling an Atlanta DUI attorney.
Multiple counties and cities in California utilize constant news media coverage of sobriety checkpoints, and constant DUI checkpoint deployment to reduce the likelihood of drunk drivers being caught driving under the influence. San Diego is such a location, as well as Santa Barbara, Pasadena, Ventura County, and many other locations. CHP (California Highway Control) sets up its own police checkpoint locations, but typically after notifying local police departments before deployment.
“Funding for the checkpoint is provided to the San Diego Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely, according to police.”
Young drivers were the first to utilize cell phone technology and various DUI checkpoint apps to find sobriety checkpoints. Initial efforts to post daily publicized information failed, because news services were sporadic in their coverage. Plus, some states and DUI checkpoint laws do not mandate prior publicity, and say that putting out signs, cones and flares on the highway is sufficient.
The WAZE app is the most popular and prevalent phone app for identifying police checkpoint locations. The app is not solely crafted to help motorists find checkpoints near me, but simply reports tips from other motorists on the highway ahead of the app user’s route.
Once WAZE was downloaded onto tens of millions of cell phones, police noticed that their DUI road check traffic was yielding fewer impaired drivers. Like all technology, false data can be added to the WAZE reports tricking approaching drivers. A recent news report on this practice of posting false WAZE data proves that both hackers and police may game the system for their own purposes.
Sometimes officers are so Hell-bent on arresting DUI-DWI drivers that they lie about the arrests, to try to secure convictions. Once a DWI officer’s lack of credibility is proven (usually with the help of video footage and a top DUI lawyer) their case will be dismissed or dropped. A North Carolina officer was fired and over 100 cases were dismissed after several cases revealed outright lies about following required state DWI laws, in protecting detained drunken drivers’ legal rights.
This type of perjury revelation will demolish the Prosecutor’s criminal cases for all of the rogue officer’s cases for accused citizens claimed to have been driving drunk, once DUI lawyers file motions to dismiss or suppress evidence. While this type of false police report activity is less likely to happen at a DUI checkpoint, where a supervisor is required to oversee the operations at police checkpoints, it may still happen since many police departments do not have all officers record their DUI investigation and field sobriety tests at roadblock locations via police DVD, for later review.
The bottom line is that 38 states and the District of Columbia utilize DUI checkpoints. If you want to identify the locations of checkpoints tonight, no foolproof technology or phone app can assure you that you will not be arrested at a roadblock if you are driving while intoxicated.
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