Around the country, police set up checkpoints aimed at catching drunk drivers. These checkpoints stop drivers and look for evidence of impairment in the drivers. If evidence is found, the police conduct further testing of the driver for alcohol or other drugs. In Oregon, however, such checkpoints are explicitly illegal. But one bill is trying to change that, giving police authority to set up these checkpoints. As a Portland DUII attorney, it is important for drivers to be aware of the law in order to protect their rights.
Senate Bill 13 would give police authority to establish sobriety checkpoints throughout the state. Its sponsor argues that even though the number of drunk drivers on the road has decreased, the number could be even lower. He argues that the checkpoints provide a powerful deterrent to drivers, forcing them to think long and hard about the consequences before getting behind the wheel.
Critics, however, argue that these checkpoints are ineffective in catching impaired drivers. Through social media and phone apps, drivers can find these checkpoints and find alternate routes to avoid them. They argue that it ensnarls innocent drivers and wastes resources that could otherwise be spent on more effective measures.
As a DUII attorney, these checkpoints have not been shown to have any appreciable impact on reducing the number of drunk drivers. Certainly, everyone agrees that we need to do all that we can to remove drunk drivers from the road, the question is how best to do this. Checkpoints haven’t been shown to be effective so hopefully the Oregon legislature will continue to invest in programs that actually help reduce the number of impaired drivers.
At Kroll & Johnson, we know how difficult to can be to face a driving under the influence of intoxicants charge. If you have been arrested, contact us today for a free consultation.