The Response

What is Checkpoint Strikeforce?

Checkpoint Strikeforce is a research-based, multi-state, zero-tolerance initiative designed to get impaired drivers off our roads using checkpoints and patrols. It also aims to educate the public about dangers and consequences of drunk driving. The premise behind this program is simple, there will be sobriety checkpoints, every week, everywhere – in each participating state – so you never know when or where you may encounter one.

The program began in 2002 as a six-month initiative but due to its success, was expanded to a year-round effort in 2005. The year-long program is comprised of six months of intense enforcement (At least one checkpoint per week from July through December) and six months sustained (At least one checkpoint per month from January through June). The checkpoints can be multi-agency, cross-jurisdictional, low-manpower, conducted during happy hour, or any other innovative type. Every checkpoint should be highly publicized and visible and ideally supplemented with saturation patrols.

Although Checkpoint Strikeforce began as a Region 3 program (including the state of DE, MD, PA, VA, WV and the District of Columbia), efforts are underway to expand the initiative to other states. We welcome any and all law enforcement agencies interested in combating drunk driving to join “the force”. For further details on how your law enforcement agency can become part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce team, call 410-962-7942.


Every year, thousands of impaired drivers are stopped, arrested, and taken off our roads. In addition, 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.

Sobriety Checkpoints

Why Checkpoints?

Sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be an important component of a comprehensive program to reduce drunk driving. Research had shown that sobriety checkpoints can reduce alcohol-related crashes anywhere from 18 to 26 percent.

High visibility enforcement, that included a minimum of one checkpoint per week in addition to DUI saturation patrols, were combined with paid media to create a heightened awareness of impaired driving enforcement throughout the region.

Since 2002, CPSF has held thousands of checkpoints throughout the region. The results of these checkpoints include millions of vehicle contacts resulting in over thousands of DWI/DUI arrests.

It is important to note that although checkpoints are the main ingredient of the program, saturation patrols and other innovative drunk driving prevention enforcement efforts complete the recipe.