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Roving Checkpoints Used to Stop DUI

December 6th, 2013 at 10:42 am

Roving Checkpoints Used to Stop DUIThe holidays can be a busy time for local law enforcement when it comes to dealing with drunk driving and DUI-related crashes. During the Thanksgiving holiday, for example, Elgin police officers were out in force, participating in what was billed as a “No Refusal Weekend,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The initiative enforced a policy that required all persons arrested for impaired driving to submit to chemical testing “to determine if charges for Driving Under the Influence are appropriate,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The crackdown was part of a statewide initiative known as “Click It Or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns.

It wasn’t only in Elgin that Chicago-area police officers were on alert for DUIs in the area. According to a press release issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office the week before Thanksgiving, “Illinois State Police and nearly 250 local law enforcement agencies” participated in a crack down on seat belt law violators and conducted roving DUI patrols in prime hours around the holidays. These roving patrols are thought to catch DUI drivers much more frequently and reliably than holiday sobriety checkpoints. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “while traffic snarls are touted by many traffic safety advocates as necessary to catch drunk drivers, their effectiveness leaves much to be desired.”

The Review-Journal cites statistics from all over the country to purport that roving checkpoints, such as those used over Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago, are a better option to catch drunk drivers. In Ohio, for instance, “police conducted 135 sobriety checkpoints between January 1 and September of this year, but more than a third of those checkpoints yielded zero drunk driving arrests.” These checkpoints ended up accounting for less than 1 percent of “all those stopped for impaired driving,” the Review-Journal states.

One reason for this could be because people are able to alert one another to the possibility of a police checkpoint. This isn’t the case with roving checkpoints, such as those employed in the Chicago area over Thanksgiving. With the anticipated (but not yet evaluated) success of these roving checkpoints, it is expected that the Chicago Police Department will continue in this vein throughout the holiday season.

If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges that resulted from a roving checkpoint or any other situation, don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced DUI attorney today.

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