Utah Legislature Considers Sobriety Checkpoint Ban
Lawmakers in Utah are proposing legislation that would prohibit sobriety checkpoints by law enforcement. HB140 opposes the use of sobriety checkpoints for DUI or other offenses. Sobriety checkpoints involve police stopping and checking motorists on a roadway for impairment. Many Utah legislators disagree on the effectiveness of checkpoints at improving safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown that there is no correlation between checkpoint stops and alcohol-related fatalities [though this does not address any changes in non-fatal outcomes such as DUI citation or crashes]. Some believe law enforcement already have enough tools to combat impaired driving while others believe checkpoints help deter the behavior.