Politicians and law enforcement officials tout DUI checkpoints as an effective measure against DUI. The way they talk it up, you would think it’s the ultimate, super-duper, magic weapon to put an end to drunk driving forever. The reality is, however, starkly different.
Basically there is a whole lot of talk and no results:
- If you look at any DUI checkpoint report, less than 1% of all the vehicles stopped are arrested for DUI.
- They are extremely expensive to setup and cost taxpayers enormous amounts of money. By some estimates, a single DUI checkpoint can cost up to $10,000 if not more.
- In the age of Twitter, Facebook and smart phone, they are easy to avoid. Word about checkpoint locations spread pretty fast over social media.
- They are a complete violation of our privacy and Fourth Amendment protection against unwarranted search and seizure. Innocent people are being treated like criminals without justification.
This leads me to ask the question, “DUI Checkpoints: Where’s the beef?”