Sometimes the mistakes that police officers or other criminal justice officials make in Missouri and elsewhere in drunk driving cases are narrowly confined, though still significant.
We note in our immediately preceding blog post that police sobriety checkpoints are conducted "subject to a number of stated rules that operate against unbridled police conduct." Our September 4 entry stressed that many states, including Missouri, deem DUI roadblocks legal so long as they conform tightly to a number of stated restrictions.
People know it by different names. Sobriety checkpoint is a common descriptor. Soo too are the designations of DUI roadblock and mobile checkpoint.
In June, Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill that enhances the penalties for chronic drunk drivers, but also offers alternatives to jail for some offenders. The law, which became effective in August, passed both houses unanimously before being signed by the governor in June.