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Holiday DUI Checkpoints Seek to Reduce Arrests, Crashes, and Fatalities Related to Alcohol



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported its findings that well-promoted and advertised sobriety checkpoints serve to reduce the number of crashes and deaths related to alcohol. That's right, it is actually advantageous to disclose the location of the DUI checkpoints in advance and to heavily promote that information to drivers. In fact, the CDC comprehensive study revealed that the sobriety checkpoints lessened alcohol-related traffic problems by in excess of 20 percent. Those are significant results when loss of life is at stake.

Studies Are Great, but What About Real-Life Results?

The CDC's study is proving true in reality, as well. Take the state of California, for example. The state of California's transportation heads recently disclosed in mid-December 2011 that its planned boost in DUI checkpoints accounted for a 17-percent drop in deaths in that state related to alcohol. Those results are very close to the CDC study's findings. And, fortunately, California's experience is not an anomaly, as the declining trend is continuing across the country. The commitment of additional law enforcement resources to the DUI crackdown efforts translates into tangible results of fewer arrests, fewer crashes, and ultimately, fewer lives lost on the roads.

Holiday DUI Checkpoints Peak in Mid-December and Continue to Early January

DUI checkpoints and drunk driving prevention efforts on the part of law enforcement continue year-round. However, the holiday season is the time for heightened efforts. This is largely due to the greater number of people on the roads at night, after consuming alcohol in association with the celebration of multiple holidays during the short time period.

Holiday DUI crackdown efforts commence in mid-December, concurrent with the holiday entertaining and partying period before Christmas and Hanukkah. Those bolstered efforts continue into the new year and usually end on or about January 2, after all festivities wrap up and partiers return home. The holiday DUI checkpoint efforts are comprised of two main law enforcement tools: (1) DUI checkpoints and (2) roving saturation patrols. Often, state and local police combine efforts to ensure coverage of these manpower-intensive drunk driving prevention efforts.

DUI Taskforces in Larger Jurisdictions Also Help With Crackdown Efforts

Some bigger localities also form dedicated taskforces that work throughout the holiday period from mid-December to early January to cut down on drunk driving and arrest those who commit the offense. For example, California promotes its "Avoid the 100 DUI Taskforce" throughout the greater Pasadena and Los Angeles metropolitan areas during the holiday push. Local and state police in those localities join the effort and work in conjunction to support the taskforce's mission.