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What to avoid doing at DWI checkpoints

Sobriety checkpoints are a useful tool for police to use to keep drunk drivers off the road. They are helpful and aid in reducing the number of people who die each year as a result of drunk driving. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 3,300 people died in drunk driving incidents in Missouri between 2003 and 2012.

Enjoy Oktoberfest without a DWI

Oktoberfest celebrations have not ended yet! There are still festivities going on around the St. Louis area if you have not been able to attend any yet or want to hit up more. Before you head out, however, do some planning first to ensure you do not end up with a DWI. After all, drinking delicious beer is a cornerstone of any Oktoberfest celebration.

What you need to know about sobriety checkpoints

Also called a DWI roadblock, a sobriety checkpoint is a temporary setup that law enforcement uses to catch possible drunk drivers. You could come upon one of these at any time, but such installations are popular during holidays such as Labor Day when there are many social functions complete with alcoholic beverages.

How taking medications can lead to a DUI/DWI charge

Many people in Missouri are well aware that they are only a few drinks away from a DWI. But not many of them realize that use of store-bought medications and prescriptions drugs can lead to DWI charges too. Some medications produce side effects that can make completely sober people appear and act intoxicated. Their actions behind the wheel may mimic those of drunk motorists.

Understand the difference in a DWI and DUI in Missouri

If you face charges of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence in Missouri, you may be wondering what the difference is between the two and how it may affect your case. Even if you faced these charges before or are familiar with the differences in another state, it may be beneficial to review them for the state of Missouri, seeing as the regulations are different depending upon which state you are in.

If you have been drinking and police want you to pull over

Perhaps this has happened to you before. You have been at a bar or at a friend’s house and enjoyed a few beers. You felt fine to drive, so you hit the road. However, halfway through the drive, the sight of police sirens in your rearview mirror gave you a start. Fortunately, the sirens have always passed you.

How to behave at a DWI checkpoint

Missouri has many laws on the books to protect citizens from drunk driving. That is why Missouri is an implied consent state, which means if a person is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, then she or he has to submit to a breathalyzer test or risk having a license revoked for 12 months.

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