New drivers in Ohio may want to learn how they should behave if they are pulled aside at a DUI checkpoint. DUI checkpoints are set up by police using road barricades, which forces drivers to pass by them. Each driver will then be inspected by an officer for signs of intoxication. DUI checkpoints are most likely to be set up on major holidays associated with drinking, like Independence Day, but they can be set up at other times as well.
Officers at a DUI checkpoint will look for visible signs of intoxication, like bloodshot eyes. Officers will also be checking to see if they smell an odor of alcohol or marijuana. If they find sufficient evidence to create probable cause of intoxication, the officers will likely detain the driver to conduct further tests. At that point, officers may perform field sobriety tests or a breath test.
When drivers see a DUI checkpoint, they are sometimes inclined to make a U-turn to avoid it. This could be problematic if an officer sees the driver since this could be seen as suspicious and might justify a detention anyway. Additionally, making a U-turn in the middle of the road could be illegal.
In case of a DUI checkpoint or any other stop, a driver should always have their documents readily available when driving, such as their insurance and registration. If stopped by an officer, drivers should not volunteer any information about whether they have been drinking or what they had to drink. Drivers can refuse to take a breath test if they are detained, but this will likely result in a suspension of their driver’s license. Individuals who are arrested for a DUI may not refuse to submit to a drug test, but they can decline to speak with the police and ask for permission to call a criminal defense attorney.