Sacramento DUI Lawyers at Virga Law Firm

DUI Checkpoint at Norwood Ave. and Silver Eagle Road

September 2, 2016

The Sacramento Police Department is going to conduct DUI and Driver’s license checkpoint on Norwood Avenue near Silver Eagle Road starting at 7:30 p.m, Saturday, September 3, 2016. The checkpoint will run for about 5 to 7 hours.

According to the Sacramento Police Department press release:
“Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.”

Typically the officers working the checkpoint will ask those stopped for their license and registration. The officers will briefly question each driver and look for signs of intoxication.These may include: alcohol in the vehicle, a smell of alcohol, slurred speech, and glassy or bloodshot eyes.

For reference, here is the map of Norwood Avenue and Silver Eagle Road :

Remember that, under the case law, DUI checkpoints are constitutional if the authorities follow the guidelines.These guidelines are:

  1. Supervising officers must make all operational decisions.
  2. The criteria for stopping motorists must be neutral.
  3. The checkpoint must be reasonably located.
  4. Adequate safety precautions must be taken.
  5. The checkpoint’s time and duration should reflect “good judgment.”
  6. The checkpoint must exhibit sufficient indicia of its official nature.
  7. drivers should be detained a minimal amount of time.
  8. The roadblocks should be publicly advertised in advance.