Sobriety checkpoints are often used in Colorado and other states to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and to stop any drivers whom police suspect are too impaired to drive. However, being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint may result in a citation or arrest on suspicion of more crimes than merely driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) describes Colorado sobriety checkpoints as “a special form of roadside safety checks.” These “safety checks” cover much more than just whether drivers have been drinking alcohol. At most checkpoints, officers follow a specific procedure with each driver that is stopped. This procedure often includes checking the driver’s license, registration, and vehicle insurance, if required; checking the vehicle identification number (VIN) visible through the windshields of most cars on the driver’s side; and talking to the driver to see if the officer can spot any signs of obvious impairment.
Although sobriety checkpoints are often advertised as a way to stop “drunk drivers,” a driver who is suspected of breaking any motor vehicle law may be ticketed or arrested by police at a sobriety checkpoint. This includes drivers who have suspended licenses, expired vehicle registration or license plate tags, or are engaging in another behavior that police suspect may be illegal. While an expired tag or broken taillight may just get a driver a warning or ticket, the risk exists that a driver may be arrested if police suspect a more serious violation of the law.
If you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with a DUI or other vehicle-related crime, the experienced Colorado Springs drunk driving defense lawyers at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help you. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential consultation.