DUI Checkpoints

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This information and more can be found on Clesafety.com

A DUI checkpoint will be conducted by the Division of Police on Thursday, June 20, 2013 on Broadway at Baxter between the hours of 8 PM Thursday, June 20 and 1 AM Friday, June 21, 2013.

The goal of the Division is to reduce the number of alcohol/impaired related accidents and to make the roadways safe for all drivers; and, to encourage safe driving habits and increase safety belt use.

The benefit of a sobriety checkpoint is its deterrent effect on drinking drivers. Other types of enforcement techniques may result in more arrests, but the publicity surrounding a sobriety checkpoint creates public awareness and serves as an effective deterrent to alcohol impaired driving and the risk of serious injury and death.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about the deployment of sobriety checkpoints:

  • Are the checkpoints legal?  It’s a question that’s often asked, especially by those who are stopped and arrested.  The United States Supreme Court has reviewed the constitutionality of roadside sobriety checkpoints and found them to be legal.
  • Where are the checkpoints set up?   Sobriety checkpoints are often established at those locations and times that have a history of alcohol related arrests and accidents.
  • Who’s stopped and who’s not?  An on-scene supervisory officer of the Division of Police determines in what random order cars will be checked based on location, traffic conditions, etc.  The law requires that the checks be completely random so the supervisor will decide if every car, or every third or fourth car, or similar will be checked.
  • Why are the checkpoints announced in advance?  The law requires that sobriety checkpoints are made public prior to the checkpoint beginning operations.  The Cleveland Division of Police publicly also announces the date, time, and location of the sobriety checkpoints in advance to serve as a reminder that drinking and driving is not only dangerous, it’s against the law.

When all is said and done, just be safedon’t drink and drive.

About Daniel Williams

City of Cleveland, Ohio, Director of Media Relations

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