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North Carolina drunk driving checkpoints: What you should know

Labor Day is here, and what does that mean? Increased police patrols over Labor Day weekend to try and arrest as many drunk drivers as possible throughout North Carolina.

As a part of the "Booze It & Lose It" drunk driving campaign, law enforcement in North Carolina will be conducting DWI checkpoints to randomly stop drivers and check to see if they're too drunk to drive. Even if you haven't imbined a drop of alcohol, it's possible that you could be pulled over, checked and even inappropriately arrested.

Here's what you need to know about DWI stops

In order to stay safe and avoid getting arrested for drunk driving on Labor Day weekend, North Carolina drivers should keep the following tips about DWI checkpoints in mind:

  • You can't hide during a DWI stop: Sometimes drivers take risks, and get behind the wheel even if they're not certain if they can legally drive. However, during a face-to-face DWI checkpoint, it's very difficult for drivers to hide the fact that they've had even a small amount of alcohol.
  • No part of North Carolina is immune: DWI checkpoints will be happening throughout the state of North Carolina beginning on Thursday, Aug. 31. As such, everyone in the state could be subjected to a stop, so it's best to play it safe and not drive after drinking any amount of alcohol.
  • Officers aren't just checking for DWI: When you get pulled over at a DWI stop, police -- in addition to looking for signs of intoxication -- will be looking for people with open warrants, expired driver's licenses and other infractions.
  • Police may have mobile Breathalyzer testing units: Police may have a Breathalyzer unit at the ready to test your blood alcohol content.

The best way to avoid a DWI charge

Drivers in North Carolina during Labor Day weekend should remember that the best way to avoid a DWI arrest is not to drink and drive. That means, even if you only had half of a drink of alcohol, you should avoid getting behind the wheel. In the event that you do get arrested for a DWI, however, you will have the right to defend yourself against the charges in court.

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