Police in Holmdel spent a Friday night at a Sobriety Checkpoint on Rt. 35 and ended up arresting three motorists for DWI and drug possession.
As we look forward to longer days and warm weather activities, it’s a good time to review your rights when it comes to police checkpoints in New Jersey.
First, you’re not obligated to go through them. If you see a checkpoint ahead, you can turn down a side street or simply turn around.
Police are not permitted to pursue you for evading their checkpoint, though if other probable cause exists (such as an illegal U-turn) they can stop you, so drive cautiously.
While you are required to provide your driver’s license and registration to police at a checkpoint, you are not required to answer questions like, “Have you had anything to drink tonight?”
You are also entitled to decline a request to search your vehicle.
When declining to be questioned or searched, be polite but firm. You have rights, and you are entitled to assert them.
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