BY: Citizens Count
A sobriety checkpoint is a police roadblock that systematically checks passing drivers for signs of intoxication.
Pros and cons
Ideally a sobriety checkpoint doesn't just catch drunk drivers - it deters drinkers from getting behind the wheel in the first place. Sobriety checkpoints are a way for police to make the enforcement of drunk driving laws visible to the public.
Opponents of sobriety checkpoints argue that they rarely catch drunk drivers, and instead subject citizens to unreasonable searches. Drivers are more likely to be cited for offenses unrelated to drunk driving.
Current legal status of checkpoints
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled sobriety checkpoints are constitutional, but some states still ban them.
In New Hampshire the police must get permission from the courts before setting up a sobriety checkpoint. The checkpoint is the publicized in local newspapers.
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