Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and there will be “sobriety checkpoints”, also known as DUI roadblocks, out in many California cities and towns. There has always been a significant question about whether these roadblocks are an effective use of police manpower when if comes to keeping our roads safe.
As this op-ed in the Daily News suggests, these checkpoints are unlikely to catch chronic drunk drivers, who know to avoid these traps. They more often ensnare the average person who may have had a drink or two, and is perhaps just over, or even under the legal BAC limit, but may “fail” the so-called field sobriety test, as 1/3 of all people cannot perform balancing acts under threat of arrest.
Many law enforcement experts argue that roving patrols, out looking for dangerous and swerving drivers are a much better use of limited police resources than efforts to stop every driver at a certain location.