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3 mistakes to avoid at DUI checkpoints

A Virginia Beach truck driver will face DUI charges for a recent incident near the intersection of Taylor Farms Road and London Bridge Road. A ton of debris ended up on the side of the road, but luckily, no injuries occurred as a result of the accident. 

To encourage fewer people to drink and drive, Virginia police set up checkpoints periodically around the state. Even if you had nothing to drink, the police could still arrest you if they believe you have become intoxicated. Here are some things you should never do around a DUI checkpoint. 

1. Erratic driving around the checkpoint

Once you start to approach a DUI checkpoint, you need to slow down and come to a stop. You do not want to pull a U-turn right before just because you want to skip the checkpoint. The cops will definitely see you and pull you over later. At this point, you will need to explain why you pulled a U-turn. It will not look good, and the police will already suspect you are under the influence of alcohol. 

2. Aggressive behavior during the questioning

For the most part, the cops will allow drivers to pass through the checkpoint after a minute if they do not exhibit any symptoms of intoxication. You should show your driver's license and registration right away and answer all questions adequately. If you answer the questions passive-aggressively, then that may be all the evidence the cops need. 

3. Admission of anything about your evening

During the stop, the cops may try to make some small talk and ask you what you were up to this night. You can be honest about your evening if you genuinely did nothing illegal. However, in the event you drank anything, you do not have to admit it. You can say you do not wish to answer the question. For most questions, you should stick with a simple "Yes" or "No" instead of getting into the details. 

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