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Enforcement Fact Sheet from
Law Enforcement Programs: A Key To Stopping Drunk
Checkpoints & Saturation Patrols
Sobriety checkpoints reduce
alcohol-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Centers For Disease
Control researchers showed crash and fatality reductions from 18 to 24%.
Sobriety checkpoints are a
powerful deterrent to drinking and driving, especially when well
More than 75% of the public
supports sobriety checkpoints to help combat drunk driving.
Also, 62% of Americans want sobriety checkpoints to be used more often.
39 states and Washington,
D.C., allow sobriety checkpoints. All other states allow
law enforcement evaluates drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment
at certain points on the roadway. Vehicles are stopped in a specific
sequence, such as every other vehicle or every fourth, fifth or sixth
vehicle. Sobriety checkpoints must display warning signs to motorists.
Police must have a reason to believe the driver stopped at a checkpoint
has been drinking before a breath test can be conducted.
concentrated enforcement effort that target impaired drivers by
moving violations such as reckless driving, speeding, aggressive driving,
others. A saturation patrol is generally spread over a larger
geographic area than a
76% of people who are fatally
injured in impaired driving crashes are not wearing seat belts.
Seat belt use of 90% is found
and exceeded in Canada, Australia and many Northern
25% of drivers who do not use
seat belts also engage in high-risk behaviors, such as
driving. Primary seat belt laws increase usage rates for higher-risk
drivers to a greater extent than the average driver.
Wearing seat belts reduces
the risk of fatal injury by 45% and the risk of serious injury by
Approximately 75% of
Americans use seat belts. For every one percentage point rise in
use, an additional 280 lives can be saved.
18 states and Washington,
D.C. have a primary enforcement seat belt law.
The only proven way to
significantly increase belt use is through strong and well-enforced
Passage of a primary
enforcement seat belt law raises seat belt use by 9 to 14 percentage
The national "Click It or
Ticket"mobilization campaign (May 2002) yielded an average
seat belt use of nearly 9 percentage points in states using the full
According to the Air Bag and
Seat Belt Safety Campaign, seat belt use increased 14 percentage points
(from 61% to 75%), 39 million more Americans buckle up and 3,780
have been saved each year since the campaign started in 1997.
portation, National Highway Traffic Safety