Checkpoints are a popular way for law enforcement officers in Alabama to catch drunk drivers. While they can be a deterrent, they have the potential to violate the rights of individuals throughout the state. Any driver in Alabama who has been arrested for drunk driving at a checkpoint should consult with an experienced advocate. The evidence collected against you can be challenged in court. In the past few weeks, checkpoints on 164-North have backed up traffic. Drivers in Birmingham and throughout Alabama should be wary of these checkpoints, which have become increasingly popular this holiday season.
Drunk driving law is complicated and can impact the rights of any driver. If you are arrested and charged, you could face serious fines and penalties, including jail time and a suspended or revoked license. Our Birmingham drunk driving attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients and to raising awareness about drunk driving law. According to reports, traffic was backed up on Highway 169 North at County Line as Alabama law enforcement officers sought to pull over impaired drivers. If you were arrested at a checkpoint on 164, you may need experienced advocacy to protect your rights and challenge drunk driving evidence and charges against you.
There were more than a dozen deputies from the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Department of Public Safety taking part in the Highway 14 checkpoint over the last few weeks. One checkpoint began at 5 p.m. Eastern and lasted for 4 hours. According to authorities the traffic-stopping checkpoints will continue over the next few weeks. Law enforcement officials hope to make the highways safer during the holidays, however the checkpoints can impact the rights of innocent drivers as well as slow traffic for miles.
New checkpoints are seeking to stop drunk drivers, but law enforcement teams also admit they are looking for any kind of driving impairment—including drugs and prescription medication. The rise in prescription drug use has been noted in Alabama and nationwide. While it can be dangerous to abuse prescription medication, it is also important that drivers who genuinely need prescription medication are not unnecessarily penalized. Law enforcement officers are targeting drivers with the understanding that any kind of impairment is dangerous to other motorists on the road. Drivers must also be aware that they have rights and the simple use of drugs or alcohol is not illegal or cause for arrest.
Drivers should also be aware that law enforcement officers generally chose checkpoints strategically. In the recent case of the 164 backup, law enforcement officers acknowledge that the road is heavily traffic. The checkpoint is also a signal to the public that they will be watching, surveying, and prosecuting suspected drunk drivers. In an attempt to keep DUI’s off the road, all drivers will be subjected to checkpoints. Any driver who has been stopped and arrested or charged at a checkpoint should consult with an experienced advocate who can review the evidence presented against them.
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