If you have ever gotten behind the wheel of a car after you’ve had even just a few drinks and felt like you are fine, you could end up being charged for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Some people do not realize that, in many communities, police officers set up sobriety checkpoints to deter drunk drivers and get them off the road. If you pull up at a sobriety checkpoint, you cannot turn your car around and if you attempt to do so, it will be a dead giveaway that you have something to hide. If police officers feel that you may have consumed alcohol, they can request that you take a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer to test your blood alcohol content level. If the results are .08 percent or more, you can be charged with a DUI.
For many years, the California Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies in California have set up DUI checkpoints to deter people from drinking and driving and also to remove drunk drivers from the road before they could cause harm to themselves or others. Depending on the agency, sobriety checkpoint dates may be announced in advance with the locations kept confidential until the day of the checkpoint.
What Does DWI Mean? DWI is the acronym which stands for Driving While Intoxicated. In some states and in California, it is known as DUI or Driving Under the Influence. An arrest for this can result in a person losing his license for a period of time and other punishments. Some DWI convictions result in jail time particularly if it is a driver’s second or third offense or if there were aggravating circumstances. People convicted for a DUI also have to pay heavy fines and may have to participate in an alcohol awareness program mandated by the court.