DUI checkpoints are used as a general way for police in Georgia to investigate
whether passing motorists are abiding by the law, especially when it comes
to driving under the influence. Although police can stop you at a checkpoint,
they are not permitted to search your person or your car unless they have
probable cause to do so. Unless they have such cause, you are not obligated
to answer their questions or admit to breaking any laws.
What happens at a DUI checkpoint?
DUI checkpoints or roadblocks are typically set up where and when police
believe they will have the best chance of intercepting drunk drivers such
as nighttime, early mornings, weekends, and holidays. Drivers who are
stopped are asked to give the officers their information while the officer
tries to identify signs of impairment which would give them probable cause
to conduct a DUI investigation.
The officer will observe your eyes to see if they are glassy or bloodshot,
your breath for traces of alcohol, and your speech for any slurred or
slow communication. Any of these conditions could give the officer what
they feel to be probable cause to administer a
field sobriety test to prove your impairment. If you fail, you could be arrested for suspected
DUI and be asked to give a breath or blood sample.
If you fail any of these tests and are charged with DUI, don't speak
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