Can you avoid a DUI stop?
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Can you avoid a DUI stop?

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2023 | DWI

DUI stops, also called sobriety or DUI checkpoints, exist as a way to help police keep intoxicated drivers off the road.

However, they may also violate the privacy and peace of drivers that go through it. For that reason, it is possible to avoid a DUI stop.

Find an alternate path

LifeSafer discusses DUI stops and how to safely avoid them. First, note that some states actually require the officers who set the stop up to provide an alternate detour route to drivers who do not want to proceed through the checkpoint.

Even if they do not provide this, however, it is perfectly legal to make your own alternate route. Do so safely by rerouting through a GPS or other map system to find the next best path.

Follow the rules of the road

You must keep in mind, however, that you need to follow the rules of the road while doing this. Officers at the checkpoint can pull you over if you break any law, and this includes even having a broken tail light or expired plate stickers. If you end up pulled over due to unrelated reasons, an officer can still decide to search your vehicle or run a field sobriety test.

Other things to keep in mind include not making any illegal turns or U-turns, not crossing over the double solid lines, avoiding reckless driving, and avoiding driving behaviors that put other drivers at risk.

By leaving an upcoming DUI stop in a safe and calm manner, you can avoid the invasiveness of this type of stop safely and legally.