The chances of you coming across a DWI checkpoint at sometime in your life are high. Therefore, it is important to know what to expect if you come across one. These simple steps are the very basics of what you should expect.

DWI Checkpoint: Basic Guidelines


This may seem obvious, but the first thing you need to do at a DWI checkpoint is stop. However, it does happen where people try and avoid stopping. They may worried or have something to hide. For example, they may have drugs or an open container of alcohol. They also may be concerned about being too impaired to be on the road.

If you fail to stop at a checkpoint or turn around before you get to it, the police could come after you. Turning around will make you look suspicious and could also lead to additional charges. Just make sure to stop at the checkpoint. 

Getting to the Checkpoint

Usually a DWI checkpoint will be a quick stop. You will likely only have to just show your driver’s license and registration. They may also ask you a few questions, and ask to see your insurance. Try and have your documents ready so that you aren’t fumbling for them when it’s your turn. If you’re fumbling, it may make you appear to be impaired. As long as everything checks out, you should be able to keep on moving, but do not leave until given permission. However, if the police officer feels he or she needs to investigate further, you may be asked to get out of your car. 

Remain Respectful

The process of getting stopped and waiting at a DWI checkpoint can be frustrating. No one likes to have their day disrupted. Even though it may take a bit of your time, be polite, respectful and cooperative. This will make the entire process go quicker and smoother. Everyone wants to be treated with respect. This applies to police officers as well.

There are many other things to consider at a DWI checkpoint that are outside the scope of this blog. However, these few steps will let you know the basics of what to expect if you ever encounter one of these stops.