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Don’t let your day of serving on MLK end with a DUI

by | Jan 20, 2020 | Firm News |

The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr in America is done as a day of serving and remembering his legacy. Some also choose to celebrate MLK Day with a dinner and grilling with good friends. For some, this holiday is synonymous with celebrating, parties, drinking beer, grilling out and enjoying yourself. For most, this day involves quite a bit of drinking and the parties that go along with it are usually occasions that everyone remembers. These celebrations range from the day before MLK, the day of or anytime surrounding both the holiday and the holiday weekend.

Some people however end up remembering more than just a good day with great food and fantastic drinks. With everything that goes on for MLK, some people either lose track or don’t keep count of their alcohol intake. With police being more aggressive for DUI arrests, it means that more people are finding themselves the subject of a unplanned rendezvous with the police.

There are a great number of approved tactics for the police to use to stop cars and check for a DUI. One tactic that is the most popular is referred to as a “DUI Checkpoint.” These checkpoints however are not actually to check for a DUI. Most frequently these stops are disguised as valid license checkpoints or looking for a escaped person. The most popular time for law enforcement to use these types of stops is over holiday and or holiday weekends. MLK is no exception to the use of a Sobriety Checkpoint.

Almost all areas of the police use these DUI checkpoints. The scenario is usually you are driving around and see blue lights ahead. Except in stead of one officer stopping another driver ahead, you see what looks like a parking lot up ahead with multiple drivers stopped and an additional team of police officers directing traffic ahead. You have not come upon a DUI Checkpoint.

Of course, a DUI Checkpoint isn’t the only tool that officers use to stop drivers. The other versions of the stops range from Speeding, Super Speeder, “Unsafe Driving,” Failure to Maintain Lane and a myriad of other “reasons” the officers use to stop vehicles and check for people that the police claim are Driving Under the Influence.