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DUI checkpoint announced by California Highway Patrol

Did you know that you can be randomly stopped, assessed and even searched at designated areas during special checkpoints by licensed officers? It's true. California law allows for DUI checkpoints to be set up and orchestrated on Alameda county roads. The intention of the DUI checkpoint is to deter or catch intoxicated drivers.

This is because it's proved that intoxicated drivers are dangerous drivers. While these checkpoints are announced ahead of time in the local news, the exact day, time and location will not be named, just that a DUI checkpoint will be set up. Why is this? The way the message is delivered about the checkpoint is done in hopes of deterring intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel, but also to encourage those who are intoxicated to find a safe ride home.

If the day, time and locations were known, the DUI checkpoint could be easily avoided. The point is, those who are stopped at DUI checkpoints could be questioned, breathalyzed and even arrested, if authorities suspect intoxication of a driver. A DUI charge, however, is not the same as a conviction, so it's important to understand the distinction.

As you plan your weekend trips, be aware that a DUI checkpoint could be on the way to your final destination. Plan accordingly for a sober ride and if facing charges related to DUI know what charges and potential consequences you could face for conviction of those crimes. Understanding is the key to seeking out and achieving the best outcome when facing felony DUI.

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