As you make your way toward a DUI checkpoint, your stomach may begin to flutter and your hands might begin to sweat. You may experience these nerves even if you're sober, as you never know what will happen when you come face to face with law enforcement.
Of course, if you've had a drink or two, you have even more reason to be nervous. While there's nothing fun about going through a DUI checkpoint, there are tips you can follow to improve your chance of avoiding trouble.
- Avoid erratic driving behavior: Now's not the time to swerve all over the road, stop and start suddenly or drive in an aggressive manner. Stay in your lane and slowly move toward the checkpoint.
- Don't leave alcohol in plain sight: It goes without saying that an open alcohol container is a big no-no, as this is against the law. However, this also holds true for unopened containers. Even though it's not illegal to transport alcohol, this may give the officer an idea of what you're up to.
- Don't talk back: It doesn't matter what the officer says to you, answer their questions honestly and keep your cool. Talking back will cause more harm than good, and could result in your arrest.
- Don't complain about your legal rights: It's true that you have legal rights as a driver, but you don't have to share this information with the officer. Many people make the mistake of saying that a DUI checkpoint is illegal, despite the fact that it's not, in most cases.
- Avoid an illegal U-turn: You're permitted to turn around as opposed to traveling through a DUI checkpoint. What you're not permitted to do is make an illegal U-turn.