CADA Chairman Speaks to Hamilton Rotarians about Sobriety Checkpoints, April 2012
CADA Chairman Anthony Santucci, spoke to the Hamilton Rotarians, April 11 2012 about roadside sobriety checkpoints. Some of the points he made were...
"I would now like to spend a few minutes talking about roadside sobriety check points – what are they, how do they work, and what results can they achieve?
Roadside sobriety checkpoints are temporary or mobile installations set up by the local police department, usually late at night or during the early hours of the morning – when the majority of road traffic fatalities are recorded.
The police decide ahead of time that every nth vehicle will be stopped. In other words, the police decide ahead of time that they will stop every 10th vehicle, or every 20th vehicle. Once that decision has been made, the checkpoint begins.
The driver of each vehicle stopped is roadside breath tested.
If the roadside test is good, i.e. not above the legal limit of alcohol, the person is quickly moved on. We like to say, “You’re stopped, you blow, if you’re good, you go.”
If however the roadside breath test shows at or above a certain level of alcohol, the person is transported to the Police Station or to the Police Command Vehicle for the fully calibrated alcohol breathalyzer machine test.
This process is called “non-selective testing”. Non-selective, because it is non-discriminatory, there is no room for profiling in any way. It is an entirely impartial, unbiased, process."
To see a full copy of CADA's position paper on Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints click here