Checkpoints are designed for the purpose of catching individuals who may be driving drunk, but there are many in Pennsylvania who disagree with their effectiveness and dispute their benefits. A recent checkpoint in Harrisburg that stopped 475 cars resulted in just two arrests for drunk driving. There are varying opinions about why there were so few arrests compared to the total number of cars stopped.
At this particular DUI checkpoint, approximately three dozen law enforcement officers were working. Because of the low number of arrests made, people claim that these checkpoints are not an effective use of officers' time and taxpayer resources. While there are some who think checkpoints are ineffective, others believe that the low number of arrests could be because more people are aware of the serious repercussions associated with drunk driving in Pennsylvania.
In some cases, a DUI checkpoint can be a way to address the issue of intoxicated driving, but the drivers who are stopped and questioned still have rights. There are certain protocols to running checkpoints, and law enforcement has the responsibility of treating suspected drunk drivers fairly and appropriately. A violation of a person's rights during a checkpoint stop could lead to a rejection of the evidence gathered or dismissal of the entire case.
A person facing DUI charges after a stop at a checkpoint would be wise to take quick action to protect his or her rights. It is possible to defend against drunk driving charges, and with help, to mitigate the consequences of a DUI or avoid a conviction altogether. Individuals interested in fighting DUI charges may find it helpful to first seek an evaluation of their case.