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What do I do at a DUI Checkpoint in Cincinnati?

How have you spent this hot, humid summer here in Cincinnati? With 4th of July festivities and All Star Game events, there was certainly not a lack of things to do.

And while holidays and other summer activities–from Riverbend country concerts to evenings in Newport–are fun, it is important that you protect yourself and others while you do so.

And as DUI attorneys at The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A., we think one of the best ways to protect you and your family members is by learning about the do’s and don’ts of DUI checkpoints.

What are sobriety checkpoints?

Sobriety checkpoints are when police officers stop vehicles in a sequence to check and see if drivers are impaired by drugs or alcohol. Sometimes they stop every car, other times every other car, or every third, etc.

Are there more sobriety checkpoints on holiday weekends?

Sometimes, but not necessarily; holiday weekends usually imply that there will be more alcohol consumption, but that doesn’t mean there will be more checkpoints. DUI checkpoints are actually done quite regularly on the weekends.

There are ways to check and see if there will be a checkpoint in your area. At The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A., we do our best to alert you if there will be.

If you want to stay up to date on local DUI checkpoints, follow our Facebook page.

There will most likely be more officers patrolling the roads, especially in high volume areas. Expect there to be more police officers on the roads surrounding popular firework displays.

Does every driver get stopped at a DUI checkpoint?

Not necessarily. For example, let’s say you are getting off of I-75 North on your way home. A police officer is at the exit, stopping every other car. Depending on the order, you may not be stopped. Know though that if you show signs of impairment at the checkpoint an officer can pull you over.

What do I do if I get stopped at a DUI checkpoint?

Cooperate with the police officer and be polite, but know you have rights, regardless of whether or not you are not impaired. Know that you do not have to take the sobriety tests. If the officer asks you to, politely decline, and say that your attorney said you are not required to take the test.

For more information on what to do if you get pulled over and you’ve been drinking, please read our frequently asked questions about DUIs. Call us if you have any questions.

From all of us at The Farrish Law Firm, L.P.A., have a happy and safe summer here in Cincinnati, Ohio!

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