DUI Checkpoints in Rhode Island

Can the police randomly stop motorists in The Ocean State?

Sobriety checkpoints are not authorized in Rhode Island (see 561 A.2d 1348 (R.I. 1989)). 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%, Rhode Island has determined not to implement them.

Learn more about Rhode Island's DUI laws.

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