DUI Checkpoints Reduce DUI Fatalities According to Study

DUI checkpoints can seem like an inconvenience for most people just trying to get from point A to point B.  Yet, they are an important deterrent which some studies show has decreased the rate of DUI.  This, in turn, has led to a decrease in the number of DUI fatalities, particularly in California.

This evening, the Santa Monica Police will be conducting a DUI-driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city. The checkpoint will occur between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.  

Conclusive evidence from research shows that DUI-related accidents can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized DUI checkpoints are conducted.  These checkpoints allow officers to check drivers for signs of being impaired.  Additionally, they also allow officers to ensure that drivers have a valid driver’s license.

In the year 2013, California had 867 deaths that were attributable to drunk driving accidents.  An additional 23,000 serious injuries were also a result of DUI accidents.  Moreover, recent data claims that 30% of drivers involved in fatal collisions had traces of one or more drugs within their systems.  More drivers (14%) tested positive for drug impairment than did for alcohol impairment (7.3%).  

When it comes to DUI enforcement strategies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that DUI checkpoints are the most effective.  Additional statistics claim that nearly 90% of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.  

Funding for the checkpoint is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the NHTSA.

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