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DUI roadblock planned overnight on Cahaba Beach Road in Shelby County

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. -- The Shelby County Sheriff's Office will have another safety checkpoint early Sunday morning on Cahaba Beach Road near Highway 280, authorities announced earlier this week.

Deputies will be checking drivers for valid licenses, insurance and whether they're operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. The roadblock will be staged just north of Hwy. 280 for 90 minutes beginning at 2 a.m.

Law enforcement must advertise that they will be setting up a checkpoint prior to doing so, according to state law.

Alabama's DUI code:

(a) A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle while:

(1) There is 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood;

(2) Under the influence of alcohol;

(3) Under the influence of a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving;

(4) Under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving; or

(5) Under the influence of any substance which impairs the mental or physical faculties of such person to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving.

If you're convicted of DUI:

(e) Upon first conviction, a person violating this section shall be punished by imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for not more than one year, or by fine of not less than six hundred dollars ($600) nor more than two thousand one hundred dollars ($2,100), or by both a fine and imprisonment. In addition, on a first conviction, the Director of Public Safety shall suspend the driving privilege or driver's license of the person convicted for a period of 90 days.

(f) On a second conviction within a five-year period, a person convicted of violating this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand one hundred dollars ($1,100) nor more than five thousand one hundred dollars ($5,100) and by imprisonment, which may include hard labor in the county or municipal jail for not more than one year. The sentence shall include a mandatory sentence, which is not subject to suspension or probation, of imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for not less than five days or community service for not less than 30 days. In addition the Director of Public Safety shall revoke the driving privileges or driver's license of the person convicted for a period of one year.

(g) On a third conviction, a person convicted of violating this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than two thousand one hundred dollars ($2,100) nor more than ten thousand one hundred dollars ($10,100) and by imprisonment, which may include hard labor, in the county or municipal jail for not less than 60 days nor more than one year, to include a minimum of 60 days which shall be served in the county or municipal jail and cannot be probated or suspended. In addition, the Director of Public Safety shall revoke the driving privilege or driver's license of the person convicted for a period of three years.



On Saturday April 12, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office will conduct a Safety Checkpoint between 2.00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Alabama Highway 119 at the intersection of Shelby County Highway 22.  The checkpoint will be conducted by uniformed deputies in marked Sheriff's Office vehicles plainly visible to any motorist.  Anyone traveling in the area while this operation is ongoing is urged to drive cautiously and be aware of law enforcement's presence.
On Sunday April 13, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office will conduct a Safety Checkpoint between 2.00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Cahaba Beach Road north of US Highway 280.  The checkpoint will be conducted by uniformed deputies in marked Sheriff's Office vehicles plainly visible to any motorist.  Anyone traveling in the area while this operation is ongoing is urged to drive cautiously and be aware of law enforcement's presence.

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