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 SPECIAL EVENTS such as the Chick Fil A Bowl Football game (UGA v. Cincinnati) that has come to town in Atlanta at the Mercedes Benz stadium. Maybe instead you were watching the Rosebowl football Game (Alabama v. Notre Dame) at either a bar or a friends house party. Keep in mind that these DUI interactions, or a DUI arrest, can happen from visiting a game day party at either a bar or a friends house. After our state has been in quarantine from COVID for so long, now is not the time to let your guard down or to not monitor your beverage intake at these events.
Almost all police use DUI checkpoints in some form. The scenario usually folds out as follows: as you are driving you see blue lights ahead. As you approach the lights, you see what looks like a parking lot with multiple drivers stopped and officers are directing traffic. Surprise, you have come upon a DUI Checkpoint. This “tool” allows the police to stop a vehicle for any “legal” reason and their investigation can lead to a DUI if they even think the driver has been drinking or using drugs.
These checkpoints, in this situation, may result in a arrest for a City of Atlanta DUI. It doesn’t matter where you find yourself, these evaluations are thorough and the interaction can result in a Duluth DUI, Norcross DUI, Roswell DUI, Sandy Springs DUI, Johns Creek DUI, Alpharetta DUI, Milton DUI, Atlanta DUI, Gwinnett County DUI, Decatur DUI, Brookhaven DUI, Dunwoody DUI, and the list goes on. You can literally be anywhere and end up participating in these DUI Checkpoints. There is also a lot of participation across departments for these checkpoints. Especially in Atlanta, you may find the Atlanta Police participating with the Georgia State Patrol DUI taskforce (or “GSP nighthawks”). You may also find that the City of Alpharetta DUI Task force, or the Milton DUI Task Force or Roswell DUI Task Force, Sandy Springs DUI task force or a number of other police who will join a joint DUI stop together with GSP Nighthawks. Keep in mind that these “DUI Teams” can also work together or alone for these checkpoints. Some of these police forces also share the same jail. For instance, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton all take drivers charged with DUI to the Alpharetta Jail.