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Know your rights if you are stopped at a sobriety checkpoint

Sobriety checkpoints are something everyone knows about but no one wants to see on the roads, especially if they've been drinking. While the intention of a sobriety checkpoint is good, the reality is that many believe it violates their rights. It means they're stopped by police when they've done nothing to merit being pulled over.

Many states and jurisdictions use sobriety checkpoints as a way to monitor drivers in their area and to arrest those who have had too much to drink. Not all states use these programs because of the legal issues that have always surrounded them.

Stores must be safe for shoppers

Premises liability comes in a host of forms. One of the types that people might think about has to do with going to the store. When you go shopping, you probably assume that the store will be safe for people who are doing business there. While most of the time, all is well, sometimes things go wrong.

Accidents that occur at a store can lead to several different types of injuries. Some, such as those to the brain and spinal cord, are very serious. Here are some important things to know about shopping accidents:

Distracted driving must be stopped

Distracted driving is a serious problem on all streets. This is especially true on the interstates because of the higher speeds. Any amount of time that a driver is distracted has the potential to be disastrous.

Many things can distract a driver, so it is imperative that all drivers are paying attention. Unfortunately, not all do. Some drivers choose to allow other things to claim their attention. Here are some points that you might find interesting about distracted driving:

What's involved in a field sobriety test?

Field sobriety tests are an important part of the evidence gathering process for police officers who conduct a suspected DUI stop in South Carolina. Because Breathalyzer test results -- and the results of other types of blood alcohol tests -- can sometimes be thrown out as evidence, it's important for police to have other tests they can fall back on. The field sobriety test is one such example -- and the detailed notes taken by the officer pertaining to the way a driver completed this test could, in some cases, be sufficient evidence to cause a DUI conviction.

Field sobriety tests include the following types of tests, which police must carry out in accordance with strict legal protocol:

Busting a few common drunk driving myths

People often get in legal trouble simply because they listen to some of the most common drunk driving myths floating around today. This can lead to an unexpected arrest and very serious legal charges.

Remember, the fact that you heard misinformation at some point is not going to defend you from those charges. You need to know the law, understand your rights and know how to separate myth from fact.

It's possible to fail a sobriety test when you're sober

While you might think that anyone can pass a sobriety test when they're sober, the reality is that these tests are so subjective that it might not be the case at all. There are three primary tests, the one-leg stand, horizontal gaze nystagmus test and walk-and-turn test.

Each of these is relatively easy on its own, but combined, many people could fail one or all of the tests even while sober. The reason for this is simple to break down.

The lasting costs of DUIs: Understanding DUI expenses

When you get a DUI, the costs you accrue aren't just from being fined by the courts or having to pay for a chemical test. The reality is that a DUI costs thousands of dollars because it affects all aspects of your life.

When you're threatened with a DUI, it's important to know how it could affect you. Why? You need to devise a way to defend yourself and prepare for the worst, should you end up with a conviction.

Managing car insurance after a DUI

Most people know that a DUI will affect them by resulting in criminal charges and possible penalties. One thing not many discuss is the possibility of your insurance costs increasing to a point where you can't afford to pay for it or to drive your vehicle.

After a DUI, insurance rates go up because you're not considered to be as safe of a driver. The insurance company weighs the risks and decides if you're a safe enough driver to continue to insure. If you can still get insurance through your provider, then you'll need to look into how much this new plan will cost. It's likely to be higher than you expect.

Are DUI checkpoints really legal?

When you're driving and see a sobriety checkpoint up ahead, you might wish you could do anything you could to avoid it. It takes time to get through one, and there's no guarantee that the officer won't stop you. If you've had a drink or two, even if you're not too intoxicated to drive, there is a higher risk of being pulled over if the officer speaks with you and notices the smell of alcohol.

The real question about sobriety checkpoints is whether or not they're legal. Some states don't think they are. Others do. In fact, there are 37 states where sobriety checkpoints are used to help prevent drunk drivers from being on the roads. In 13 states, these checkpoints aren't used. Some states, like Texas, stop them because they appear to be a violation of state law or the public's constitutional rights. Other states simply won't spend the funds to have checkpoint programs.

When can a Breathalyzer test be inaccurate?

When you are pulled over by law enforcement officials while driving and asked to perform a Breathalyzer test, it is probably in your best interests to oblige. This is because as a person with a drivers' license, you are considered to have given implied consent in exchange for the privileges that come with driving. If you refuse a Breathalyzer test, it is likely that you will be assumed to be driving over the limit.

However, it is reasonable for you to have your concerns about the accuracy of Breathalyzer tests. This is because the tests are tools that are not always accurate. They are designed to be portable and usable as field tests, but this means that accuracy is compromised, and you may have a valid reason to challenge your Breathalyzer result if you were found to be over the limit. The following are some things that could affect the accuracy of your Breathalyzer test.

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