Are DUI checkpoints legal in Missouri?

As a driver in Missouri, you may be familiar with DUI checkpoints. Law enforcement departments may set up these checkpoints with the intent to catch people who are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. While sobriety checkpoints are legal in Missouri, under both federal and state laws, state funding for checkpoints has decreased significantly over the years. Some law enforcement departments have turned to using saturation patrol as an alternative to DUI checkpoints. However, some people are petitioning the state to reconsider the decreased budget and reinstate more DUI checkpoints.

If you do come across a DUI checkpoint while you are out driving, there are certain requirements that law enforcement officers must uphold when conducting them. First, the locations of DUI checkpoints may be posted so that you aware of their location beforehand. At each DUI checkpoint location, proper signage should warn you that you are approaching a checkpoint. There is no reason why you cannot turn your vehicle around to avoid the checkpoint if you wish, as long as you can do so in a safe manner.

Checkpoints should be set up at a location that is safe. Officers will check you as you pass and pay ask you a few questions. If they spot any signs of alcohol or drug use, such as bloodshot eyes, odor or slurred speech, they may ask you to pull to the side so they can question you further. Keep in mind that the officers must let you know your rights.  In any case, it is best to stay calm and be aware of your rights.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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