How to Find DUI Checkpoints

Law enforcement officers set up checkpoints to fight drunk driving.

The U.S. Supreme Court has determined that DUI checkpoints, also called "sobriety roadblocks," are legal and minimally invasive. Of course, for a motorist who is late for a meeting or eager to get home, the inconvenience is subjective. Fortunately, there are ways to find out if there are DUI checkpoints in your area so that you can avoid them.

Watch the news every morning and evening for announcements of DUI checkpoints. Law enforcement agencies are required to disclose the location of sobriety roadblocks before the event, so news stations will often report them for your convenience.

Read the daily newspaper for your city or town. There might be a section in the local section dedicated to DUI checkpoints, or they could be in another section altogether. You can also look for them under alternative names, such as "DWI Checkpoints" or "DWI Roadblocks."

Visit websites that are dedicated to informing the public about DUI checkpoints, such as the Road Block Registry (see Resources). These websites will give you notice of sobriety roadblocks, including the intersection at which they will be conducted, the date and the time.

Call your local law enforcement agency to find out when upcoming DUI checkpoints are scheduled. They may or may not release this information, and they may have no plans for sobriety roadblocks, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Look for lots of flashing police car lights when you are driving between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. These are the hours during which officers are most likely to set up DUI checkpoints because the bars are open and most people are not at work.

Laura College is a former riding instructor, horse trainer and veterinary assistant. She has worked as a writer since 2004, producing articles and sales copy for corporations and nonprofits. College has also published articles in numerous publications, including "On the Bit," "Practical Horseman" and "American Quarter Horse Journal."