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How can sobriety checkpoints help deter drunk driving?

At sobriety checkpoints, law enforcement officers stop drivers to assess their level of alcohol impairment. Checkpoints do more than simply increase arrests; they deter impaired driving by increasing drivers’ perceived risk of arrest if they choose to get behind the wheel after drinking. 

Research has shown that checkpoints prevent impaired driving. A review of more than 20 studies shows that checkpoints resulted in a median 20% decrease in impaired driving crashes and deaths.

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