Police Checkpoints Near Me
By: GA DUI Lawyer William C. Head
Is There an App for That? The Best Way to Find a DUI Checkpoint.
Today’s young drivers are extremely savvy about mobile apps of all types. In fact, we are spoiled by how GREAT technology is. Thousands of web searches each month seek to find a DUI checkpoint finder app.
Like almost everything else, finding a checkpoint is critically important to drinking drivers who would prefer to avoid passing through sobriety checkpoints.
Numerous technical advances in smartphone technology have sought to capture subscriber business from motorists who want to identify local police using laser or radar to catch speeders. Once an Internet site is known, or the name of a reliable app, people sign up, and the owner of the app gets revenue from ads that are delivered to these customers.
Drivers who have had drinks with dinner want to know the locations of sobriety checkpoints along their route home. About 75% of all states (and Washington, DC) allow random police checkpoints. Plus, with America’s highly mobile society, driving across state lines for dinner or a night “on the town” occurs thousands of times every day. So, finding out which checkpoint app works the best is important.
DUI Checkpoints in California
California is one of the most aggressive of all states in the USA that allow driving under the influence checkpoints, for finding drunk drivers. With nearly 40 million people in CA, monthly searches like “DUI checkpoints Los Angeles”, DUI checkpoints orange county”, “DUI checkpoint San Diego”, and “DUI checkpoints Sacramento” are searched by motorists who consume alcohol over 6000 times monthly. With this type of online search, it is no surprise that mobile phone users nationwide have found one or more checkpoint apps by searching on their mobile devices for “checkpoints near me” or “DUI checkpoint locations.”
The First DUI Checkpoint App Was Launched on the Apple IOS Platform
Apple has always been the leader in cellphone apps, although Android has dramatically risen to match and exceed the availability of apps for Droid phones. After first approving an app to track DUI checkpoint locations, Apple removed a helpful mobile app that let users know where upcoming DUI checkpoints were set up. Members of Congress had gotten involved in the hotly disputed launch of users reporting “checkpoint near me,” according to a 2011 story by ComputerWorld.com. Police pressure and objections by MADD caused the tech giant to soon block usage of their early checkpoint app.
A new and very popular GPS and driver safety app, Waze, has become so widely used that law enforcement agencies across the country are now pushing Google to block or disable the ubiquitous traffic mobile software program from identifying the location of police cars along the highways of America, whether running a speed trap or stationed at a police checkpoint.
The Cops Post Fake “Police Ahead” Warnings
Police have attempted to lessen the effectiveness of the Waze “police locator” function by having their officers add the Waze app to their personal cell phones, and post false cop car sightings. Their goal, apparently, is to make Waze users quit relying on the “police ahead” function, and to diminish the effectiveness of the citizen-posted police sightings. This pathetic effort of posting false reports won’t work, since citizens using Waze outnumber traffic cops by more than 300 to l.
Because the Waze app serves many other highly-valuable highway safety purposes, the wishes of their loyal customers have kept the public safety officials’ movement from being a repeat of what happened with the old Apple roadblock app and terminating that early adopter DUI checkpoint finder.
Having tested the Waze app since May of 2015, I have found it to be reliable in spotting police along the highways. But this is just one aspect of the Waze mobile phone tool. The police tracking function is only one of its beneficial attributes. Helpful alerts about traffic jams ahead, vehicles on the shoulder, and pothole sightings make it very helpful to motorists.
In fact, since the Waze app depends on vehicles traveling in the same direction to post an alert of “police ahead,” common DUI checkpoint locations are not going to be on interstate highways or primary, multi-lane freeways. Plus, by the time the app user knows what police activity lies ahead, he or she may not be able to communicate the information on the mobile app, without being observed by police “texting while driving.”
Fifty years ago, police checkpoints were called roadblocks. The advent of MADD and other drunk driving interdiction organizations have pushed to “rename” DWI-DUI checkpoints. Now, police and news agencies call these “safety checks,” “safety checkpoints,” “license checkpoints” or “sobriety checkpoints.” These new labels are the politically correct names for sobriety checkpoints.
Any skilled criminal defense attorney will tell you that all checkpoint stops are presumptively unconstitutional until the government can prove that the Fourth Amendment and state constitutional laws have been complied with. Until that is done, the roadblock is illegal, and the Waze app is only assisting motorists to be a DUI checkpoint finder.
If arrested for impaired driving, seek out the best DUI law firm in your court location. You will want to hire the best DUI lawyer you can afford, because (in most states) a DWI-DUI-OWI conviction is forever. For a sobering review of the many lifelong consequences of a drunk driving conviction, read Bubba Head’s 97 consequences of a DUI conviction.
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This article was written by Atlanta DUI Lawyer Bubba Head, Founder of DrunkDrivingDefense.com. His DUI law firm in Georgia handles DUI checkpoint cases statewide, in an effort to protect the Constitutional rights of Georgia motorists.