DUI checkpoints are used throughout California to find and arrest drunk drivers. These checkpoints are commonly found on the highways or surface streets. If the symptoms of a DUI are noticed, the driver will be requested to step out of the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests at the scene.
The United States Supreme Court found in the case of The Department of State Police v. Sitz, 496 U.S., 444 (190) that DUI checkpoints do not violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures and sobriety checkpoints outweighed the constitutional rights of the individual citizen. It was ruled that interests of government in identifying DUI drivers, reducing the fatalities overturned, the intrusion of human privacy rights, and sobriety checkpoints, were acceptable.
DUI lawyers must consider the accuracy and adequacy of the procedures employed. Chief Justice Rehnquist has acknowledged that there should be some “guidelines” in place to conduct a sobriety test in a permissible manner. The California Supreme Court put forward the best safeguards required for the sobriety checkpoint to comply with the Constitution. Ingersoll v. Palmer, 743 P.2d 1299 (Cal. 1987).
FIND SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT LOCATIONS
The following resources contain more information on where the find DUI checkpoints near you:
- California DUI Checkpoints: Recent Alerts A listing of recent alerts and planned checkpoints in California.
- Current California DUI Checkpoint Locations California DUI Checkpoint Information given through alerts on Facebook.
- Orange County DUI Checkpoints: Recent Alerts List of checkpoints in Orange County, California.
- Latest DUI Checkpoint Locations A Twitter profile providing tweets about DUI checkpoint locations with an emphasis on California, Ohio, and Florida.
- Latest Orange County DUI Checkpoints A Twitter profile focused on sobriety checkpoints for Orange County.
LEGALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF DUI CHECKPOINTS
What is the Purpose of DUI Checkpoints? DUI checkpoints will strengthen the public’s awareness and the need for detecting and removing those who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. See also, Police Department Explains Real Purpose of DUI Roadblocks.
- Sobriety Checkpoint Issues Discussion of guidelines and requirements in setting up DUI roadblocks in California.
- Sobriety Checkpoints Information on legal issues regarding drunk driving roadblocks on Wikipedia.
- US Supreme Court Decision on Sobriety Checkpoints Information about the court case Michigan vs, Sitz and more DUI information on DUICenter.com.
- National Sobriety Checkpoint Laws A chart from Governors Highway Safety Association of the sobriety checkpoint laws. Confirmed by the Federal Government NHTSA Studies and indicated by Michigan Court of Appeals: The net effect of sobriety checkpoints on traffic safety is small and possibly negative.