Now that summer’s over, more holiday festivities are approaching which means more food, more fun, and a lot more alcohol. The best option when it comes to drinking is to designate a sober driver to make sure that everyone gets home safely. Because police know that this advice isn’t always followed around the holiday season, there are typically more DUI checkpoints along the roads.
Sobriety checkpoints are temporary roadblocks set up late at night, early in the mornings, on weekends, or on holidays when police expect people will be drinking. At a sobriety checkpoint, police may stop every car or just a few based on a pre-determined pattern to determine if the driver is impaired. Usually police ask a stopped driver to perform field sobriety tests to ensure he or she hasn’t been drinking. These tests may include the horizontal gaze, walk-and-turn, and one-leg stand tests; the same tests used if you were to be pulled over under the suspicion of DUI.
If a driver fails the field sobriety test, he or she will be asked