Better than checkpoints

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Sobriety checkpoints often fail to make even a single drunk driving arrest despite the stopping of hundreds of vehicles. A 2009 University of Maryland study found that checkpoints don’t have any impact on public perceptions, driver behaviors, alcohol-related crashes, police citations for impaired driving, and public perceptions of alcohol-impaired driving risk. Next time, Los Angeles County police should employ roving or saturation patrols in which police patrol the roadways for dangerous drivers. State Supreme Court cases from both Pennsylvania and New Hampshire revealed that roving patrols caught 10 times more drunk drivers than checkpoints. According to the FBI, it is proven that saturation efforts will bring more DUI arrests than sobriety checkpoints. Patrols also stop distracted, speeding, aggressive, and drowsy drivers because officers can catch them in the act.

Sarah Longwell

Managing Director

American Beverage Institute

Washington, DC