Roadblocks are interesting events. Officers are allowed to establish
certain types of roadblocks. For example, the police can set up a
roadblock to check for driver's licenses. If they have properly
trained personnel, they can make DUI arrests when appropriate.
However, certain procedures must be in place in order for a
road-block to be proper. It must be initiated by a supervisor, all
vehicles must be stopped, delay must be minimal, it must be well
identified as a police checkpoint, and the screening officer's
training and experience must be sufficient to qualify him to
determine who gets tested for DUI.
One last thing. A roadblock cannot be set up as a general dragnet to
catch all sorts of criminal behavior. Both the United States Supreme
Court and the Georgia Appellate Courts agree on that.
are stopped at a roadblock, produce your driver's license and proof
of insurance. Never take any field sobriety tests and never give
permission for the police to search you car or your person.
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