If you’re a licensed driver, there’s a good chance you’ve
sobriety checkpoints, also referred to as DUI or
DWI checkpoints. A DUI checkpoint is a location set up by law enforcement
for the purpose of nabbing drunk or drugged drivers. Usually, DUI checkpoints
are conducted on weekend evenings, near bars and places where alcohol
DWI checkpoints are also set up in areas with a high number of DWI arrests
and accidents. In other words, sobriety checkpoints are strategically
conducted in areas and during specific times where drunk drivers are expected
to be. Understandably, they would be placed in areas near popular bars
Throughout the United States, many jurisdictions use DUI checkpoints as
a bigger part of their anti-drinking and driving campaign. However, sobriety
checkpoints have many legal issues. Most states use sobriety checkpoints
regularly, while others do not utilize them because they strictly forbid them.
Texas Does Not Use DWI Checkpoints
According to the
Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), “37 states, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana
Islands and the Virgin Islands conduct sobriety checkpoints.” Only
13 states do not conduct sobriety checkpoints, and Texas is one of them.
Texas does not conduct DWI checkpoints because it’s against the
law under the state’s “interpretation of federal Constitution,”
reports the GHSA.
If you’re going to be travelling out-of-state, beware, 37 states
do utilize DWI checkpoints! For example, our neighbors, New Mexico, Louisiana,
and Oklahoma all conduct sobriety checkpoints. So, if you find yourself
driving out of Texas and into one of our neighboring states, just be aware
that DWI checkpoints are conducted on a regular basis in most of the U.S.
Are you facing DWI charges in Plano or Dallas? If so, we urge you to contact
our firm right away to schedule an initial consultation. A DWI conviction
in Texas has
harsh penalties, such as driver’s license suspension, thousands in fines, incarceration,
and of course, a permanent criminal record. To protect your freedom and
your driving privileges,
contact us today!