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[VIDEO] Fair DUI Card Helps People Skip Checkpoints

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But should you do it?

DUI checkpoints seem to crop up at the most inopportune times—especially around holidays. While they have a good purpose—to catch any drunk drivers in action before they can hurt anyone—they can be a pain if you’re in a hurry to get somewhere. A video recently went viral on YouTube showing how some people in Florida are managing to get through these checkpoints without even rolling down their windows or speaking, but is what they are doing a good idea, or sheer stupidity?

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In the video, drivers attach plastic bags to their windows containing their driver’s licenses, registration, insurance cards, and a “Fair DUI” card that reads, “I remain silent. No searches. I want my lawyer.” In all cases recorded on video, the drivers are waved through without even needing to roll down their windows.

The Fair DUI cards are the brainchild of attorney Warren Redlich, and were developed because of Redlich’s distrust for police. He doesn’t think cops can be fair at these checkpoints, which he describes as “un-American.” America, according to Redlich, is a country in which people are free to travel; whereas DUI checkpoints are things you’d expect to see in Russia or Nazi Germany. Plus, you know, ‘Murica.

Fair DUI card

Why not comply with a DUI checkpoint if you’ve done nothing wrong?
Photo: Scott Davidson, Flickr

This begs the question: is using a “Fair DUI” card like this a smart idea, or a dumb one? CBS Miami spoke to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, who said that the card is legitimate, but that if he were to see one associated with a driver showing signs of intoxication, the card wouldn’t matter and he would proceed with the DUI check regardless.

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So the best thing to do if you’re pulled over at a DUI checkpoint is to comply with police. Seems like common sense. Abstaining from drinking if you know you’re going to be driving not only saves you hassle with police, but it could save your life and the lives of those who share the road with you. And you’ll avoid fines, jail time, or even having to live with the fact that your stupid decision cost someone else their life. I can’t think of a better reason to stay sober behind the wheel—Fair DUI card or not.

News Source: CBS Miami

Catherine Hiles is a native Brit currently based in Dayton, Ohio. Don’t ask how that happened. Cat has written about a variety of subjects, from dog training to fashion, and counts running and cooking among her hobbies.

Cat lives with her husband, Ben; their daughter, Rose; and their collection of animals, including an energetic mutt, an elderly basset hound, and a jerk cat. See more articles by Cat.