Roving patrols work, not stationary ones

To the Editor:

The sobriety checkpoint planned for Cape Cod on Memorial Day will serve to funnel limited state and federal grant money away from measures that have proven to be most effective in combating drunk driving (“Memorial Day Weekend sobriety checkpoint on Cape Cod,” May 20).

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, the State Police will strip Massachusetts’ roadways of their most valuable tool for catching drunk drivers. Cape Cod residents and taxpayers would benefit from employing the most effective tactics to catch drunk drivers: roving police patrols.

Sincerely,

 

Sarah Longwell
Managing Director
American Beverage Institute
1090 Vermont Avenue NW, #800
Washington, DC 20005
202-463-7110

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