Many people have heard of traffic stops before, and a good number have likely also gone through them even if it gives them terrible anxiety.
But did you know that it is actually possible to safely and legally avoid going through a traffic stop?
What are traffic stops?
LifeSafer discusses avoiding DUI checkpoints. Also known as traffic stops, these points exist in order to help police catch intoxicated drivers and get them off of the road. These stops often get set up in areas where intoxicated driving is a known issue.
In some states, police must give drivers a warning in advance that they are approaching a checkpoint, but this does not apply in every situation. Likewise, in some states, officers must even supply drivers with an alternative route if they wish to avoid going through the stop.
However, even if they do not provide a route directly, it is still within a driver’s rights to find their own way around the stop if they do not wish to go through it.
Stick to the law while heading out
The most important thing to keep in mind is that drivers cannot break any laws while attempting to avoid a DUI checkpoint. This means no driving over double lines, peeling out into oncoming traffic, or making other reckless or illegal moves.
Note also that officers may keep an eye out for cars avoiding the DUI stopping point. Thus, to avoid any chance of getting pulled over, it is important that drivers not give officers any reason to do so in the first place.