DUI Checkpoints in Washington

Can the police randomly stop motorists in The Evergreen State?

Sobriety checkpoints are not authorized in Washington (see 755 P.2d 775 (Wash. 1988)).

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%, Washington has determined not to implement them.

Learn More

For more DUI related information in Washington, follow the links below:

  1. DUI: Fines & Penalties
  2. Underage DUI Laws
  3. Drugged Driving Law
  4. Refusal to Take a Blood or Breath Test
  5. Wet Reckless



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