DUI checkpoints are common, especially during holiday weekends. Yet, is it worthwhile to add time to residents' commute? Do these sobriety checkpoints work?
The holidays are supposed to be a time to get together with friends and family, relax and have fun, but Montgomery County and Maryland State police are cracking down on impaired drivers, raising concerns among Maryland motorists. Drunk driving is a serious offense and can result in severe penalties. If you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol you could face up to three years in jail and the suspension or revocation of your driver's license. While driving while impaired is a lesser offense, a conviction could still lead to jail time, a fine, probation and driver's license restrictions. Drunk driving charges are, at best, severely disruptive and, at worst, can destroy your career and reputation.
With the increase in sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols to stop people suspected of drunk driving across Maryland and the United States, it would be reasonable to assume that there has been an increase in drunk driving. Although crackdowns and heavy patrolling may indicate a rise in activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported the number of drunk drivers is down 30% from 2006.