What is a sobriety check point and do they really help get drunk drivers off the road?

53ecfa7478bebSobriety checkpoints are used to stop impaired drivers and deter people from drinking and driving.  These checkpoints will block a road and stop the cars in some sequence (for example, every other car or every fifth car).  A police officer approaches the cars and has the driver take an alcohol breathalyzer test.  If your blood alcohol level reads less than 0.08% you are good to go, if it is higher than that things are not looking good.

These checkpoints have been proven to reduce alcohol related crashes and deaths by twenty percent.  Wouldn’t everyone be afraid to drink and drive knowing that there was a sobriety checkpoint on the way home?  Even though this initiative to keep drunk drivers off the road has proven to be effective there are still ten states that do not allow them: Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  If you are in one of these states and think sobriety checkpoints are integral in reducing alcohol related accidents you can contact your state legislator.

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