The Issue

According to Insurance Institute of Highway Safety studies, sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities by as much as 20 percent. They deter people from driving under the influence and arrest those who drink and drive.

In Our Region

  • In our Region on average there were over 1,200 alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities involving a driver or motorcycle rider with an illegal BAC of .08 or higher in the multi-state area.
  • Law enforcement agencies continue to move forward aggressively with the Checkpoint Strikeforce program each year.
  • The CPSF message is simple. No matter what you drive – a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle, commercial vehicle or motorcycle – if you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. No exceptions. No excuses.

Nationally

  • In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – one every 51 minutes. These alcohol- impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
  • Traffic fatalities in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes increased by 4.6 percent from 9,865 in 2011 to 10,322 in 2012.
  • Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.
  • In 2012, all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had created by law a threshold making it illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • Of the 10,322 people who died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2012, 6,688 (65%) were drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher. The remaining fatalities consisted of 2,824 (27%) motor vehicle occupants and 810 (8%) nonoccupants, according to NHTSA statistics.
  • Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day (37% versus 9%).
  • In 2012, of the fatalities among children age 14 and younger, 20 percent occurred in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.

Among Young Drivers

  • Young people aged 16-20 years old are TWICE AS LIKELY to die in an alcohol-related crash.
  • At current rates, three out of every 2,000 kids who turn 16 this year will die in a crash before their 21st birthday.
  • The minimum 21-year-old drinking age laws prevented an estimated 4,441 drunk driving deaths in the last five years alone.

Serious Consequences

  • Impaired drivers often cause death, disfigurement, disability and injury to themselves, passengers or nonoccupants.
  • The trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving impaired is significant.
  • If you’re caught driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, penalties include fines, jail time, loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, other fines and court costs and lost time at work.
  • According to the Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board, total costs of a DUI arrest are between $5,000 and $20,000.
  • Refusing a sobriety test in many jurisdictions can result in immediate loss of your license and vehicle.
Serious Consequences

Sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities by as much as 20%.

Checkpoint Strikeforce is...

  • An intensive law enforcement mobilization aimed at getting impaired drivers off our roads.
  • Stopping over 500,000 drivers annually at sobriety checkpoints and in saturation patrols in the multi-state area.
  • Using checkpoints and patrols when and where drunk driving is most likely to occur.
  • Combining high visibility checkpoints and paid advertising to create awareness of enforcement and educate the public about dangers and consequences.

Checkpoints Work!

  • According to Insurance Institute of Highway Safety studies, sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities by as much as 20 percent. They deter people from driving under the influence and arrest those who drink and drive.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reports that 85-90% of Americans support sobriety checkpoints.
  • Every year, thousands of impaired drivers have been stopped, arrested, and taken off our roads. The program also catches seat belt and child safety seat violators, car thieves, wanted felons and fugitives, drug users and people driving with suspended licenses.