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Supplemental strategies:

Ride App Promotions to Enhance Access;
NHTSA messaging to Provide Information
Training in administering low-staffing checkpoints and “flexible checkpoints
Community volunteer engagement in administering checkpoints

When community members are aware of the serious legal implications of a DWI / DUI conviction and understand that their community’s law enforcement agencies take active measures to apprehend drunk drivers, incidence of impaired driving is drastically reduced.  It follows that the marker of a successful Sobriety Checkpoint program is not an increase in arrest rates, but an increase in the general public awareness of the intervention—it is a deterrent based on perceived risk of arrest.

There are several strategies that can be implemented by law enforcement and other parties to increase the efficacy of Sobriety Checkpoints, including:

  • Saturation patrols (when law enforcement staffing capacity exists)
  • Provide Information, including media engagement promoting the checkpoint program
  • Community Campaigns
  • Social norm events

While checkpoints have been shown to be highly effective, only 13 states conduct checkpoints on a weekly basis.  Checkpoints are permitted in 38 states, but are not allowed because they would requires a statutory provision or are prohibited by state law (Richard, 2018, p. 41).  Review impaired-driving related legislation in your state here.

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