It's important to know what your rights are when it comes to roadblocks so that you aren't taken advantage of but also to know what the policemen are allowed to do so that we don't get into trouble.
Do you also get that feeling like you have done something wrong when you are stopped even if you haven't? It's the worst! BUT please know that if you ever feel like you are in danger you may insist on driving to the nearest police station before further investigation.
There are 2 types of roadblocks:
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Police may ONLY arrest you for unpaid fines if a warrant has been issued for those traffic fines and the officer can show you a valid copy of the document that states there is a warrant for that specific fine.
Should the policemen suspect that the driver is driving under the influence, he/she may take the steps below:
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(YIP you have rights to, make sure you know them!)
1. Any member of the public may legally request to see a copy of the written authorisation letter given by the National Police Commissioner, that gives permission for this roadblock. The authorisation letter must state the following information to make it valid:
2. As mentioned before if it is an informal roadblock and you feel that your safety is being compromised you may insist on driving to the nearest police station for the search/ investigation to commence.
3. It is legal for you to film any Officer during the roadblock and it's illegal for any Officer to confiscate or damage that recording or evidence. This is the best piece of evidence for you to hold if something goes wrong.
4. By law you may take the Officers name and badge number down and they may not refuse giving it to you. Remember to take down the vehicle number on the side of their car as well (again if this is all in a video it's easier to prove your case).
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