Law enforcement officials have various tools in their arsenal to try to prevent drunk driving. Some people push against these tools because they don’t think they are effective or feel they place too big of a burden on the people who are subjected to them.
Ignition interlock devices are one example of an intervention that is the subject of scrutiny because the person who is ordered to use one has to pay for the device and monitoring. This device prevents a person from being able to start a vehicle unless he or she has taken a breath test for alcohol and passed the test. The results are recorded and kept on file before being turned over to the authorities.
Sobriety checkpoints are another tool that is often used. These are also often questioned because they can seem like they are targeting certain populations. A properly conducted sobriety checkpoint uses a predetermined sequence to stop vehicles. As long as there aren’t other signs of impairment present, cars not fitting into the stop sequence aren’t stopped.
It is also possible for a person’s driver’s license to be revoked or suspended after a drunk driving charge. This, coupled with the other interventions available, might curtail some instances of drunk driving.
For the people who are facing drunk driving charges, knowing about the interventions that occur during traffic stops and after drunk driving charges are levied can help to create a plan to deal with the charges. It is critical that you carefully consider how pleading guilty or being found guilty of drunk driving might impact you so that you have fuel to keep you going.
Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “What Works: Strategies to Reduce or Prevent Drunk Driving,” accessed Feb. 01, 2017