Getting arrested for DUI does not mean you will be convicted. Police misconduct, defective breathalyzers and crime lab mistakes may be enough to get your charges lessened or dismissed. Visit our page on Colorado DUI Laws to learn more.
Colorado DUI checkpoints are roadblocks where police stop and check drivers for signs of intoxication. In Colorado Springs, the police typically conduct these sobriety checkpoints on high-traffic streets during major holidays and events.
The most recent DUI checkpoints occurred on:
St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 17 – 19, 2023)
Presidents Day weekend (February 17 – 20, 2023)
Super Bowl Sunday (February 12, 2023)
New Year’s Eve & Day (December 31, 2022 – January 1, 2023)1
Upcoming DUI checkpoints in Colorado Springs will likely occur:
Do I have to stop at DUI checkpoints in Colorado Springs?
If you see a DUI sobriety roadblock in the distance, you may take an alternate route to avoid the checkpoint as long as you do not violate any traffic laws in the process. For example, you cannot make a U-turn over a median or drive in reverse, etc.
Once you arrive at the roadblock, you must follow the police’s directions. Sometimes they stop every vehicle. Sometimes they stop every other vehicle and wave the others through.2
How do the police check for DUI at checkpoints?
First the Colorado Springs police observe how well you follow directions, such as
stopping your car,
rolling down your window,
answering questions, and
getting your registration and insurance.
Meanwhile, the police are watching you for other signs of intoxication, such as:
an odor of alcohol or marijuana, or
lack of coordination, such as dropping your driver’s license
Police will also ask if you have been drinking. If you admit that you have – or if you deny it but display any of the above signs – they will likely ask you to exit the car.
You can try to avoid going through a DUI checkpoint as long as you break no traffic rules doing so.
Michael Becker has over a quarter-century's worth of experience as an attorney and more than 100 trials under his belt. He is a sought-after legal commentator and is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Nevada, California, and Florida.