We spotlighted a nationally prominent drunk driving-linked enforcement tool in a select blog post from last year. We noted in our September 4 entry that, "Not all states allow sobriety roadblocks within their borders."
Drunk driving puts everyone at risk on Missouri roads. The best way to protect everyone is to prevent a driver from getting behind the wheel. It is not always easy to do, but there are some things you may try. MADD has suggestions for a way to help prevent someone you know from becoming a drunk driver.
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.