dui checkpoints

In Pinellas County California, police officers keep onboard cameras on during DUI stops. The officers, however, apparently record only what they want to record.

The 4th of July passed not too long ago. I’m sure there are some of you out there who might have been inconvenienced with having to stop at a sobriety checkpoint. But wouldn’t it have been nice to know in advance where these dragnets were scooping up drunk drivers?

In order for a sobriety checkpoint to be valid, it must allow for driver’s to navigate away from it. Law enforcement can evade this requirement, however, by placing sobriety checkpoints in areas where navigating away from the checkpoint would only be possible through illegal lane changes and U-turns.

If an officer must have reasonable suspicion to pull a driver over, and probable cause in order to conduct a DUI investigation, how are random sobriety checkpoints considered constitutional?

The sanction of California’s newest law regarding the impounding of vehicles at sobriety checkpoints has made an impression on both civilians and law enforcement. Effective Jan.1, the police are no longer able to tow a vehicle at a DUI (driving under the influence) checkpoint if the driver’s only offense is that he or she is […]