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How to behave at a DUI checkpoint

DUI checkpoints are legal in Florida, but that has not stopped many motorists from refusing to cooperate. A few years ago, many Florida residents refused to roll down their windows during these checkpoints, asserting that they were within their rights to refuse questioning without any evidence of a crime. 

In general, it is best to cooperate when driving through a DUI checkpoint. As long as you demonstrate you are not under the influence, you likely have nothing to worry about. Here are some tips to bear in mind as you drive through one of these areas:

Have documents ready

The best thing drivers can do is make police officers' jobs a little easier. As you wait in line, get your driver's license, proof of auto insurance and registration out. That way, you can quickly hand it to the officer and keep things flowing. 

Communicate respectfully

The officer may ask you some questions. By law, you need to provide basic information, such as your name. However, if the officer asks you if you had anything to drink that evening, then you can politely decline to answer. In the event that you genuinely had nothing to drink, you can say so. Otherwise, you can say that you wish to not respond. 

Avoid volunteering information

You do not need to be particularly talkative at a DUI checkpoint; you do not want to say anything that could imply you drank that evening. For instance, you would not want to say that you want to go home after hanging out with friends at a bar. Even if you clarify you drank nothing, the officer could grow suspicious. 

Be patient

Regardless of where you need to go, you need to remain patient throughout the duration of the stop. Do not try to turn around at the last second, because that will instantly raise the officers' suspicion. When an officer speaks with you, remain calm and avoid fidgeting.

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