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What are your rights at OVI checkpoints?

OVI checkpoints are useful tools for the police to ensure people who drink alcohol stay off the road. They also allow the police to pinpoint drunk drivers before they harm anyone. In a recent checkpoint in Youngstown, Ohio, the police arrested seven people on suspicion of drunk driving and an additional person for having an outstanding warrant. 

Many people find these checkpoints to be a nuisance, but they only exist for your own good. As long as you do not drink and drive, you should have nothing to worry about, and you should get through these checkpoints in a couple of minutes. However, you still have rights at these checkpoints, and you can exercise them.

You can avoid an OVI checkpoint

When you see a checkpoint ahead, you have a right to avoid it. However, you must only do so legally. If you pull an illegal maneuver to avoid a checkpoint, then the police can pull you over. They will also immediately suspect you are under the influence. This is why the cops often establish checkpoints in areas where people cannot go down a different street or turn around.

You must show your license

Even if you have not done anything wrong, you must provide your name and show your driver's license at the checkpoint. However, you do not have to provide any additional information. You do not have to tell the cops where you were or whether you had anything to drink.

You can refuse a field sobriety test

When an officer asks you to perform a field sobriety test, he or she has already determined you are likely under the influence. Fortunately, you can still refuse to perform such a test. You can tell the officer your attorney has advised you not to perform such tests, if that statement is true. 

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