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 to breathe into a portable breathalyzer (alco sensor) at the scene.  The “alco sensor” determines if the blood alcohol content in the lungs is above the legal limit. Drivers taking the test will be asked to breathe into a hand-held machine until the machine beeps. Using a chemical reaction, the breathalyzer can tell officers if your blood alcohol content is too high to be driving.

Just as the case of being pulled over, you can refuse a roadside field sobriety and alco sensor breathalyzer test.  However, you can still be arrested for DUI if the officer thinks that your physical appearance indicates that you are impaired. Once arrested, you will be read the Implied Consent Warning during which the officer will ask that you take the state chemical test. Refusing this test could mean an automatic administrative license suspension. If you have been drinking, MR GA DUI’s 4 Simple Rules suggest you request an independent blood test after the state-administered chemical test for use in court.

If you’re arrested for DUI during a routine sobriety checkpoint or roadside stop, it is important to find a knowledgeable and well-practiced DUI lawyer. MR GA DUI lawyer Mickey Roberts is an experienced DUI attorney in the state of Georgia who can help you navigate the complexities of state DUI laws. For more information on DUI law check out the MR GA DUI website or contact Mickey Roberts.