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NCJ Number: 228291 Find in a Library
Title: Low-Staffing Sobriety Checkpoints
Corporate Author: US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Washington, DC 20590
Publication Number: DOT HS 810 590
Sale Source: US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
West Building
Washington, DC 20590
United States of America
Document: PDF|PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Technical Assistance
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After defining sobriety checkpoints and presenting guidelines for coordinating them, this manual outlines an operational plan for conducting low-staffing sobriety checkpoints.
Abstract: Sobriety checkpoints involve stopping vehicles or a specific sequence of vehicles at a predetermined fixed location in order to raise the public’s perception of the risk of being detected and arrested for driving while impaired (DWI), as well as to detect drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or other drugs. Low-staffing sobriety checkpoints accomplish these tasks, but with fewer personnel than is typical for managing sobriety checkpoints. The general guidelines presented for coordinating sobriety checkpoints pertain to their role as part of an ongoing program to deter impaired driving, the necessity of having judicial support, their place under existing policy and guidelines, site selection, the use of warning devices, displaying a visible police authority, and the logistics of chemical testing at sobriety checkpoints. Other general guidelines address contingency planning, detection and investigation techniques, operational briefings, communication strategy, data collection and evaluation, public reaction, and evaluation of sobriety checkpoint operations. The operational plan for conducting low-staffing sobriety checkpoints focuses on the responsibilities of the personnel. The checkpoint supervisor coordinates all checkpoint activities in accordance with the department’s operational plan. This includes briefing, staffing operations, debriefing/evaluation, and overall supervision. Checkpoint screening officers are responsible for stopping and screening vehicle operators in order to determine whether a driver is impaired or has committed other violations. Jurisdictions may consider using volunteers to perform ancillary duties required under the operational plan. Their responsibilities may include counting vehicles, completing non-law enforcement paperwork, and monitoring and maintaining checkpoint traffic control devices. 6 references and appended operational diagrams and supplementary information on warning devices, operations plan, work-force responsibilities, and reports
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Field sobriety tests; Police department volunteers; Police resource allocation; Sobriety checkpoints
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