If you see a DUI checkpoint up ahead, what if you want to avoid it? There are plenty of valid reasons for not wanting to drive through one of these checkpoints.
But do you have the legal ability to avoid them? Will you get into trouble if you try?
Avoiding DUI checkpoints
LifeSafer discusses DUI checkpoints and what you can and cannot do at them. First, it is perfectly legal to avoid a DUI checkpoint. In fact, in some states, it is illegal for police to set these points up without notifying drivers in advance. Other states even require police to provide an alternative route for drivers who wish to bypass this.
However, that is not the case everywhere. But it is still possible for a driver to come up with their own alternative route instead, and that is perfectly legal.
In attempting to avoid a DUI checkpoint, however, a driver needs to abide by the traffic laws. This means they cannot cross a double line, cut off other cars, speed, drive aggressively, take an illegal U-turn, take an illegal turn, or do anything else that violates the rules of the road.
Police keeping watch
Additionally, police keep an eye out for people who turn away from a DUI checkpoint. They often look for things like reckless driving behavior, swerving, speeding and anything else that will allow them to pull these cars over.
They may even pull such a car over for more minor infractions, like a broken tail light or an expired plate sticker. This is important to keep in mind when deciding what to do.