New Jersey has multiple options in the ongoing fight to curtail drunk driving. Sobriety checkpoints are a legal police method used to combat DUI in South Jersey. These checkpoints, sometimes referred to as “mobile checkpoints” or “roadblocks,” are police traffic stops that are not specific to any particular location or suspicion. The locations that these checkpoints are seen in are generally random and temporary. They have shown themselves to be an effective way to combat drunk driving, but the legality and Constitutionality of the stops has been debated. Worthwhile as they are, they remain controversial to many.
In a sobriety checkpoint, the driver is only briefly detained and interviewed. Though a short process, this can lead to a potential DUI charge. Drivers that show suspicious tells during the detainment are subject to sobriety tests. These checkpoints are designed to filter out intoxicated drivers to keep the roads safer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that sobriety checkpoints have the potential to prevent nearly 10 percent of DUI-related deaths.
Some have raised concerns that sobriety checkpoints violate Constitutional rights. Many argue that security checkpoints break the need for a police officer to have probable cause for a traffic stop. While this is the case, New Jersey has decided that sobriety checkpoints are worth it. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the dangers of drunk driving are more significant than the degree of intrusion caused by the checkpoints. Therefore, sobriety checkpoints are considered the be an exception to the search and seizure provisions within the Constitution.
The laws regarding DUI in South Jersey can be confusing and intimidating. If you or someone that you know has been charged with DUI in South Jersey, know that help is available. The Cherry Hill DWI lawyers at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio are prepared to make it right by fighting for you every step of the way. Call us at 609-230-0374 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. From our office in Moorestown, New Jersey, we serve clients in Burlington County, Camden County, and throughout New Jersey.