A few weeks ago I posted a story about Mothers Against Drunk Driving assisting Delaware law enforcement in manning DUI sobriety checkpoints (and, in Tennessee, even setting up their own roadblocks). The practice appears to be spreading. The following is from a recent San Diego County Sheriff news release:
SANTEE. The Santee Sheriff's Traffic Division is turning up the heat on drunk drivers this weekend. Those who choose to drink and drive may find themselves cooling off in a jail cell.
In cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), the Santee Sheriff's deputies will be conducting a DUI sobriety checkpoint on Friday, September 13th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits….
Sheriff's deputies, senior volunteers, reserves and representatives of MADD staff DUI Sobriety Checkpoints.
When did you start "cooling off in a jail cell" for drinking and driving (which is not illegal)? And when did MADD begin staffing roadblocks?
I've posted in the past about the ineffectiveness (and unconstitutionality) of DUI roadblocks. So how effective are these Sherrif/MADD joint efforts? Well, the same news release reports that the preceding effort resulted in 1169 drivers encountered at the roadblock, of which 556 were waived through, 613 were stopped, 50 were asked to step out for further investigation….and only 1 was arrested for DUI.
However, local government coffers were fattened with 27 citations and 10 impounded vehicles — an apparently growing reason behind roadblocks supposedly set up to find drunk drivers.
(Thanks to Jeanne M. Pruett, President of Responsibility in DUI Laws, Inc.)