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DUI checkpoints are legal. Know what to do when you see them.

Baltimore DUI Lawyer: DUI Checkpoints Revisited

Although we are about mid-way through the summer, there is still a lot of fun and sun to be had.  Summer cookouts and BBQs are almost certainly on the agenda for the rest of the summer.  One certainty with summer fun is DUI checkpoints.  As we have discussed in previous posts, DUI checkpoints are a legitimate way for police to patrol the highways.  Your favorite Baltimore DUI Lawyer is here to discuss what to do if you come to a DUI checkpoint, what they look for, and what to do if you are arrested at one.

Baltimore DUI Lawyer: What is the difference between a DUI Checkpoint and a saturation patrol?

A DUI Checkpoint is a police created roadblock where all traffic must pass through on that section of roadway.  Police will stop every 3rd, 5th, or 10th car, or something to that effect.  The police will ask for a driver’s license and registration and then will ask questions about the night’s events and alcohol consumption.

A saturation patrol is when members of the police department congregate in groups of two or three in specific areas to “target” drunk or aggressive driving.  Certain places, like outside of bars, etc. are good places for these saturation patrols to affect traffic stops. They look for any signs of impairment, failure to use traffic signals, or other moving violations to pull people over.

Baltimore DUI Lawyer: What do I do if I see a checkpoint down the road?

If you see a checkpoint ahead, you can execute a legal u-turn prior to the roadblock to make an exit from the road.  However, if you fail to execute the u-turn legally, or commit another moving violation, that is legal justification for the police to pull you over.

Baltimore DUI Lawyer: What do the police look for when they are patrolling for drunk drivers?

When police are on patrol for DUI enforcement they consider several things but most importantly they look for the time of the incident, the place of the incident, and turn signals.  Statistics show that most DUIs occur after midnight.  For many officers, driving after midnight may indicate impaired driving, especially when combined with the place the person is driving.  Areas around bars are ideal locations for police officers to enforce DUI prevention.  Be careful around these areas as police initiate saturation patrol.  Lastly, officers look for minor traffic infractions to pull people over.  These may include, but are not limited to: failure to maintain a lane, crossing the double yellow line or failing to signal correctly.  Technically, according to Maryland traffic laws, a driver only needs to use their turn signal if there is other traffic on the road that would be affected by a car turning.  Some police officers do not know this law and may pull a person over regardless.  If so, this may be a defense in your case.

Baltimore DUI Lawyer: I’ve been arrested for DUI/driving while impaired, what should I do now?

If you have been arrested for a DUI or driving while impaired, call your Baltimore DUI Lawyer immediately!  ENLawyers has handled hundreds of DUIs and has the experience to help you. We offer free 1-hour consultations to discuss your case so we can show you how we can help.  You do not have to handle the courts and the MVA alone, call us today!