We have all heard of them and some of us have been through them. A couple of dozen state troopers set up checkpoints on well-traveled roads hoping to find some impaired drivers. Despite the massive effort and use of resources, the practice yields comparatively few arrests. Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are among the states that no longer perform roadblocks.
When you look at the statistics, it is easy to understand why this practice is going the way of the dinosaur. Sixty-three percent of those who are actually, legally intoxicated by alcohol pass right through roadblocks undetected. Also, given social media and traffic apps, it is very easy for drivers to find out about the location of a DUI checkpoint and to let other drivers know, so they can either prepare or simply avoid it.
Whether or not you live in a state that has DUI roadblocks, always remember, never drive or operate any machinery or equipment if you even have the slightest concern that you may be under the influence. If you live in Burlington, Essex, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne or anywhere in the State of Vermont, and have been arrested or charged with DUI or any crime, call Handy Law for aggressive and experienced legal defense.