December 08, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- In 2011, over 2.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, says the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization. To reduce the number of Orange County drivers that face the severe penalties of a DUI, protect their lives and others on the road, the state of California has implemented several laws and procedures to minimize drunk drivers out on the road.
The purpose of checkpoints
In attempts to reduce the number of drunk drivers and alcohol-related injuries and fatalities, the state of California uses DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints:
- Stop vehicles randomly. Typically, every fourth, fifth or sixth vehicle is checked.
- Are publicized to drivers coming up on the checkpoints with signs.
- Allow police officers to perform a breathalyzer test if they suspect a driver has been drinking.
- Take less time to get through than a typical stoplight if the driver has not been drinking.
Although many may think that the goal of these checkpoints is to arrest people for drinking and driving, the ultimate purpose of these checkpoints is to minimize the number of people that drink and drive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these checkpoints can typically reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes by 20 percent.
Opposition to revealing their locations
Although DUI checkpoints are designed to check drivers at random, a graduate of San Diego State University, known as "MrCheckpoint" uses several social media sites, like Twitter and Facebook, to reveal the locations of these checkpoints to drivers in Southern California, says CBS 8. The operator of MrCheckpoint states that making these checkpoints location's known to the general public creates greater awareness about drinking and driving and increases public safety. Before any driver signs up to begin taking advantage of this service, they have to take a pledge to never drink and drive.
Although the owner of MrCheckpoint believes that what he is doing is a public service, others do not agree. For example, the executive director of MADD in L.A. and Ventura County supports the use of these checkpoints to deter drivers from drinking and driving but thinks that revealing the location of these checkpoints alerts those that have been drinking and driving and gives them an opportunity to avoid arrest.
Even though tools such as MrCheckpoint exist, drivers under the influence of alcohol are still subject to consequences if they are caught at a checkpoint. If you were given a DUI at a checkpoint and are facing the legal repercussions of this action, contact an attorney that can ensure that your legal rights are protected.
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