LOW-STAFFING SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS
As a community, we all support law enforcement efforts to protect us from theft, burglary, and assault. Yet, many otherwise law-abiding citizens continue to view impaired driving merely as a traffic offense. Impaired driving is no accident nor is it a victimless crime. It is a serious crime that kills more than 17,000 people and injures nearly 305,000 others every year.
Traffic crashes of all types are a serious yet often overlooked problem in this country. Every 32 minutes someone in America is murdered. Yet every 12 minutes someone dies in a traffic crash. Law enforcement agencies in every State and locality are serving on the frontlines in the fight against this deadly threat to America’s communities.
Communities are beginning to understand the economic impact of this criminal activity. Impaired driving costs the public more than $110 billion every year. Alcohol-related crashes are often more serious and deadlier than other crashes, and cost the the public more than $50 billion annually in medical services, market productivity, workplace costs, insurance administration, and legal fees.
When coordinating a low-staffing sobriety checkpoint, you should consider critical components that will make the checkpoints functional, successful, and comply with Federal, State, and local laws.