SCSO WILL STEP UP DWI CHECKPOINTS
The holidays are fast approaching – and there will be community celebrations, neighborhood parties and lots of family gatherings to attend. This time of the year is also a time when the police set up DWI checkpoints to ensure that individuals are not inebriated while you are driving.
The Saline County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting sobriety checkpoints during the upcoming weekend, November 17th, 18th and 19th.
There is perhaps no greater fear encountered by a driver than being stopped by the police at one of these DWI checkpoints, particularly if you have decided to “celebrate” at these summertime gatherings.
The fear is well founded; the consequences in Arkansas for a DWI/DUI arrest are staggering. There are significant fines and other financial penalties.
How serious is it?
Americans take 233 billion trips in cars each year. Of those, about one out of every two thousand trips are taken by those who are driving under the influence of alcohol. Yet, almost one out of every three traffic deaths involve drunk driving.
“A proportionally tiny amount of bad behavior is one of the major causes of death and injury on our roadways,” stated Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright.
On average, every 53 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. Every two minutes, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime.
The SCSO Patrol Division lieutenant stated, "We're giving Saline County drivers a clear warning. Enforcement during this theis weekend, and throughout the holiday season, will be strong and if you're caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be arrested. Make a commitment now, while you're sober, to avoid getting behind the wheel if you're impaired. It's simply not worth the risk."
DO’S (AT THE DUI Checkpoint):
• Do have all your documents in your hand before the officer arrives at your car otherwise the officer may claim you fumbled for your documents.
• Do open your window immediately when you stop your vehicle after being directed by the police to combat the claim the car had a strong odor of alcohol.
• Do be polite and remain calm: A good attitude may result in no ticket if you are a borderline case.
• Do tell the police of all your medical problems and any reasons you cannot perform the roadside tests. This will assist your attorney in arguing the tests are not relevant or that they may not be reliable on the issue of probable cause or intoxication.
• Do listen to all instructions given by the police and have the officer repeat them.
DON’TS (AT THE DWI Checkpoint)
• Don’t be nasty or argue with the officer when stopped: a polite attitude may help you in a close case, based upon your performance on roadside tests.
• Don’t forget to tell the police of your physical and medical conditions which may make it difficult or impossible for you to take the roadside tests: By telling the police at the scene, you are informing them of your inability to perform the test which reduces the relevance of the result. If at this point you are arrested for failing the breath test or field sobriety tests, please try to remain calm. You need not say anything except to ask to speak with an attorney, and follow these tips when you are at the police station.