There have been some efforts in recent years to outlaw DUI checkpoints in North Dakota. Until that time comes, drivers need to be aware of when a checkpoint will pop up. They also need to know their rights any time they come across these passages.
The best piece of advice is to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol. A DUI conviction can ruin a person’s life, so whether you are sober or not, here are the steps to take any time you come across a checkpoint.
Remain calm and polite
You do not want to act aggravated when going through a checkpoint. Chances are, you will only need to talk to an officer for a minute, and then you can be on your way. If you lash out or insult the officer, then she may use that as evidence you are under the influence of alcohol. You can make the police officer’s job much easier by getting your license and registration ready before you speak to anyone.
Know your constitutional rights
You have constitutional rights at DUI checkpoints, similarly to anywhere else. You have the right to not self-incriminate yourself. That means if the officer asks you where you were this evening, you do not have to say you came from a bar. However, you do need to provide some information, such as your name.
Communicate with respect
You should be aware of your tone when you speak to a police officer. You do not want to be too quiet or too obnoxious because a cop could construe both as guilt. You should roll down the window the entire way, so you can talk easily to the officer. As long as you make the cop’s job easy, you will be on your way in no time. Checkpoints may seem scary, but as long as you know your rights, you can be on your way faster.