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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Sobriety checkpoints as deterrents

A story in today's Press notes that the Brielle police are joining a national crackdown on drunken driving by setting up a sobriety checkpoint on Route 71 Saturday night. Reading about such campaigns brings me back to the letter we received years ago assailing the police and the media for letting tipsy drivers know what highway to avoid. Why spoil the surprise, the reader asked.

There's good reason for the publicity: reminding drivers that the police are out there. The goal of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is to deter drunken driving by making law enforcement more visible. Police pull over drivers, hand out information about DWI and, if necessary, make arrests. They hope greater awareness of the issue will make the roads safer. Makes sense to me.


Anonymous Nick Fera said...

As a lifelong non-drinker, I believe it's horrible to drink and drive, and I believe in doing anything legal to discourage it. But I also believe in the Fourth Amendment. The problem is, those traffic stops without probable cause don't seem to be legal.

2:41 PM, August 18, 2006  

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