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What can I expect during a sobriety checkpoint?

Sobriety checkpoints are common all across the state of Florida, including Fort Walton Beach. You never know when you might come across one. There are times when local law enforcement agencies will advertise DUI checkpoints in an effort to simply deter drunk driving. Then, there are times when you are driving and are directed into a checkpoint unknowingly. Either way, here's what you can expect if you come across a DUI checkpoint.

Drivers are required to have three important documents on their persons at all times when behind the wheel: a valid driver's license, the vehicle registration and valid auto insurance. Missing any of these documents could lead to hefty fines. You will need to show these documents to the officer who interacts with you at the sobriety checkpoint.

As you interact with the officer, he or she will be monitoring you for signs of impairment. The officer will listen closely to your speech, monitor your eyes, look at your face for redness, pay attention to any smell of alcohol coming from your or the vehicle and more.

If there is any suspicion that you might be under the influence, you will be asked to take a field sobriety test. If you fail one of these tests, the officer has enough evidence to place you under arrest for DUI. You will then be transported to the police station and subjected to a blood test to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

With the summer season quickly approaching, you will likely see a lot more DUI checkpoints in and around Fort Walton Beach. Be sure you have all of the required documents on your person to show officers.

Source: Findlaw, "DUI Checkpoints," accessed May 25, 2018

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