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Sobriety Checkpoints

Program Type: Policy - An ordinance, resolution, or law passed by a community that produces positive results.

Description:
Two types of sobriety checkpoints have proven to be equally effective. Random breath testing checkpoints are when all drivers are stopped and given breath tests for blood alcohol levels. Selective breath testing checkpoints are when police must have reason to suspect the driver has been drinking before administering the breath test. An important component for sobriety checkpoints are media campaigns that publicize the enforcement activity. These interventions are effective in reducing overall crash rates as well as fatal and nonfatal injuries related to motor vehicle crashes. They are strongly recommended based on scientific evidence.

Age Group(s):
Adolescents, Adults, Elderly

Site Type(s):
Community

Health Indicator(s):
Excessive Alcohol Consumption , Injury Prevention

Service Area:
Nationwide

Keyword(s):
Alcohol/substance abuse prevention

URL: http://www.ihs.gov/NonMedicalPrograms/HPDP/index.cfm?module=focus&option=injury&suboption=IVpractices&suboption2=sobriety&newquery=1

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Site or Location Name: Sobriety Checkpoints (policy)
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