Frequently Asked Questions
Is this an application I must download to my smart phone?
No, there is no downloading required to receive text message alert warnings. You will receive alerts as a text message. Congress has pushed for a ban on smartphone applications. Text alerts warnings are currently the only legal means available in most most states.
How does Text Messaging Service work?
Once you choose a subscription plan, we will enter your information into our system based upon your zip code. When we become aware of a scheduled DUI checkpoint within the chosen radius you will receive a text message stating the general or exact location.
When I search for checkpoints online after entering my zip code, nothing is listed.
This indicates there are no known checkpoints in the radius of that particular zip code.
Can I change my information such as, zip code, phone number and radius?
Yes, you may login to your account and change your personal information by clicking the upper menu bar labeled "Edit Details". This will automatically update in our system. PLEASE NOTE: You will have to complete ALL FIELD BOXES when updating.
What is the cost for this service?
You will have to subscribe to our service on a month-to-month or yearly plan to continue receiving checkpoint alerts. The cost per plan is $3.95 month, $9.95 quarterly or $29.95 yearly
How do I cancel my subscription and confirm my credit card will no longer be billed?
Click the "Cancel Subscription" link located on the menu bar of the home page or click here.
enter your name, cellphone number and email, then click the cancel now button. You will receive a email from that confirms your cancellation and no future bill will occur.
How do I register?
Simply click on the “Subscribe” button to the lower bottom of the home page. The form will ask for the following pieces of information: full name, cell phone number, cell phone carrier, email address, county and state. These (6) pieces of information are critical to operate this service.
Can I pay by check?
No, unfortunately we do not accept checks any longer. The Paypal system is currently the only form of payment we are accepting.
Will Sobriety Alerts sell my email address and phone number?
Sobriety Alerts values personal privacy and civil liberties. Under no circumstances will we give away, sell, or otherwise redistribute to any third party your personal information. Sobriety Alerts collects a minimal amount of information, which is required to provide the alert service. This information is securely stored within our database.
Do I have to have a cell phone to use this service?
Yes, you must have a cell phone and have text messaging (SMS) capabilities active with your cell phone carrier to receive checkpoint notification alerts within your area.
How does Sobriety Alerts obtain the checkpoint location?
We work hard each day to accurately obtain this difficult information. We search police press releases and rely on local and state police agencies that report alert announcements directly to us via fax, phone call, or through our website information form. Our subscriber may reported checkpoints as well.
Will I receive the exact location the checkpoint is being held?
Yes, when possible we provide the exact location the checkpoint is being held that evening, but in many cases, police departments will not release any information regarding their checkpoints in an effort to stop more would be impaired drivers. When this happen we try to provide as much information as possible, such as county, city and a general area the checkpoint will be held.
Why haven't received any messages regarding checkpoints since I signed up?
You may go weeks or even months without any notices. Counties find that sobriety checkpoints are very costly and require a lot of overtime man power to operate successfully. Some agencies may not ever conduct checkpoints, while others may find it very beneficial to conduct checkpoints often. It depends on your location and what time of the year. Holidays tend to increase checkpoint activity.
If you feel their may be an error in the information on file, login your account to verify the zip code, phone number and carrier.
There was a checkpoint in my community last week, how come I wasn't alerted?
The most reliable means used to gather scheduled checkpoint locations is through press release media. We use powerful software that spiders the entire U.S. geographical media searching for keywords pertaining to checkpoint locations. Though the Supreme Court in 1998 recommended that agencies should notify the public in advance regarding scheduled checkpoint, this is far from reality. Most agencies never release any information, therefore we have no knowledge as to the whereabouts of these locations. We ask for the members to report checkpoints online when possible.
What time of day will I receive alert message?
We send all known checkpoint alerts approximately 2-3 hours prior to the checkpoint setup.
What is Roving Locations?
Traveling checkpoints without any clear destination as to where they might setup. Police may setup a operation for only 1or 2 hours then pack up and head to a more busier location. We are provided very limited information in these cases.
What is meant by Undisclosed Location?
Police agencies involved will not release any information regarding their scheduled checkpoint, other than the day and general area it will happen.
How do I update my cell number or email address?
To update your subscription information, login to your account, click "Edit Details"
Why do you need the name of my phone carrier?
Sending messages via SMS text from our computer software to a subscribers cell phone requires the carriers text message code. The carriers text is added to your 10 digit cell number.
What if my phone carrier is not listed?
If your carrier is not listed in the dropdown menu on the registration form we may not activate the service. Please enter a new cell number associated with a carrier listed.
If I call in a checkpoint, what information do I need?
You will be asked to provide the following (if applicable):