Stay in or go out? DUI Checkpoints have drivers cautious

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Saturday, November 9, 2013

Augusta, G.a. (WRDW) - It's a quiet night downtown until you get to one of the outside tables at 1102 in Augusta.

"Normally have a few drinks together," said Michael Johnson.

With drinks in hand, there's the fear of leaving the bar, and ending up at a DUI checkpoint.

"I am scared to death of it," said Earnest Muller.

The drink he's drinking reminds him of a summer night, where he had a run in with the law.

"I got stopped on a road block and was arrested for DUI," Muller said.

At the age of 55, it was his first ever DUI. He blew just above .08, was cuffed then booked into jail.

"After they got me, they all wrapped up and went home, they had a number on their mind they wanted to get," he told News 12's Patrick Price.

Muller says the roadstops are really taking a toll. His friends he drinks with, agree too.

"You can go in any of these restaurants and there's only two, three people," said Johnson.

But if you ask Michael where the real problem is, he won't say downtown at all.

"The true drunks can be found out on the highway, as they're weaving all over the road," said Johnson.

One area, he says Operation Thunder should patrol more. In any case, it's been a learning lesson for Muller.

"I will no longer have a drink unless I have my wife with me, and she's my designated driver," he said.

Because just one drink, could mean trouble when on the roads in Augusta.

"I fell into the system, it cost me a lot of money, could've cost me my job," he said.