DUI Roadbocks are increasingly common in Connecticut - but there are rules the police must follow to keep them legal"
Bridgeport, CT (PRWEB) December 05, 2011
Connecticut DUI Lawyer Jay Ruane has launched a billboard campaign to draw attention to the increasing numbers of DUI arrests during the holiday season. The first of the billboards will be featured in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Monday December 5.
"Every week we see announcements by local police departments that they are cracking down on drinking and driving and setting up spot checks and roadblocks during the holiday season." Ruane says "I want to make sure people out there driving know and understand that they have rights when it comes to roadblocks."
Ruane further states "there is no law that you have to go through a roadblock. You can elect to turn around, safely and legally and choose not to go through a police roadblock. They have to provide you notice and an opportunity to choose another direction."
Roadblocks are increasingly seen on Friday and Saturday nights throughout Connecticut. The effectiveness of these roadblocks are questionable, says Ruane. "I've reviewed the statistics and it seems that many of these roadblocks yield very few suspected drunk drivers, but are impacting law abiding citizens from going about their lives without police stopping them. Remember, our country was founded in part because early Americans were upset with random roadblocks by the British authorities" While there is no Connecticut law which states exactly what must be done to conduct a roadblock, caselaw indicates that notice to the public must be given, and an objective criteria must be used, rather than simply an officer selecting someone at random.
A video by Lady DUI Teresa DiNardi accompanies this release.
Ruane's website has a wealth of information about DUI in Connecticut and can be found at RuaneAttorneys.com/dui.