Sobriety checkpoints are effective
In their justified desire to do something to curtail drunken driving, it would be useful if the Gov. Inslee and legislators were guided more by science than emotions in determining which measures to consider [“Inslee, lawmakers plan DUI crackdown,” page one, April 17].
Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to be the single-most effective deterrent in keeping drunken drivers off the road. Punitive actions like more jail time and expensive sensors in cars do not work as well.
It is said that “the concerns of civil libertarians” have kept sobriety checkpoints from being instituted in Washington state. There are all kinds of trade-offs in a democratic society. Protecting innocent citizens from drunken drivers is worth the price.
Abraham Bergman, Vashon Island