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Study Adds to Debate on DUI Checkpoints in Maryland

By: Allan Siegel

Driving under the influence (DUI) is an extremely negligent and dangerous act. It is also illegal in the state of Maryland. Each year, thousands of preventable accidents, injuries, and fatalities are caused by impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one person dies in an alcohol-impaired driving crash every 51 minutes.

Because impaired driving is a leading cause of preventable injury and death, law enforcement agencies throughout the country have made DUI enforcement a top priority. In their efforts to arrest and prosecute motorists driving under the influence, many states and jurisdictions conduct DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols.

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Sobriety Checkpoints in Maryland

Officers in Maryland regularly set up DUI roadblocks, especially during weekends and holidays – times when DUI arrests, injuries, and fatalities are statistically highest. In fact, officers from the Prince George's County Police Department recently participated in an anti-DUI campaign during this past Thanksgiving weekend.

Although not legal in all states or jurisdictions, DUI checkpoints have been said to be a valuable tool in making public roads and highways safer for local residents. Still, many are questioning whether checkpoints are as effective and cost-efficient as they claim. Others have qualms about privacy issues. One formal study conducted in Maryland found that the state's anti-DUI program, Checkpoint Strikeforce, had minimal impact on driver behaviors or alcohol-related auto accidents.

Representation for Victims injured in Drunk Driving Accidents

Wherever the argument on DUI checkpoints may lead, the fact remains that DUI checkpoints send a clear message to communities. Drunk driving injures and kills thousands of people each year – all in accidents that could have been prevented. When motorists make the negligent decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated and injure others, they may be held liable for the physical, financial, and emotional damages victims suffer.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, a Maryland personal injury lawyer from Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is prepared to fight for the full and complete compensation you deserve. For a free case evaluation, call (888) 885-5638.