Letter: DUI checkpoints not effective | VailDaily.com

Letter: DUI checkpoints not effective

Sarah Longwell, managing director
American Beverage Institute

The sobriety checkpoint in Eagle County this Memorial Day weekend will serve to funnel limited state and federal grant money away from measures that have proven to be most effective in combating drunk driving (“Eagle County: Holiday DUI checkpoint planned,” May 22).

Because they are highly visible by design and publicized in advance, roadblocks are all too easily avoided by the chronic alcohol abusers who comprise the core of today’s drunk driving problem.

Conversely, the number of DUI arrests made by roving patrol programs is nearly 10 times the average number of DUIs made by checkpoint programs, according to testimony by a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation official.

By focusing scarce law enforcement resources on roadblocks, Avon and Vail police will strip Colorado’s roadways of their most valuable tool for catching drunk drivers. Eagle County residents and taxpayers would benefit from employing the most effective tactics to catch drunk drivers: roving police patrols.

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