DUI Checkpoints: Minnesota

Can the police randomly stop motorists in The North Star State?

Sobriety checkpoints are not authorized in Minnesota (see 519 N.W.2d 183 (Minn. 1994). Sobriety checkpoints are random traffic stops, not tied to any specific suspicions. At one of these checkpoints, drivers are briefly questioned after which suspicious drivers are subject to field sobriety tests. Despite the fact that these checkpoints consistently reduce alcohol-related crashes, typically by 9%, Minnesota has determined not to implement them.

Learn more about Minnesota's DUI laws.

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