Published: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 3:56 PM Â Â Â Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 4:35 PM
A Star-Ledger story about the the American Beverage Institute, a restaurant trade association, calling for an end to DUI checkpoints caused a stir among users.
The association argues that the checkpoints aren’t necessarily an effective tool to catch real offenders and mostly serve to harass adults who might have been drinking moderately — and might stop responsible adults from having even one drink. Local officials contend that the checkpoints are an effective tool to deter and catch drunk drivers in combination with roving patrols and other measures.
NJ.com users came armed with their own opinions.
User nyquil012 raised a “buyer beware” flag regarding the source of the call to end the checkpoints:
The reality here is that this is a trade group looking to protect the interest of it’s members. What are those interests? Getting people to drink more alcohol. Which is fine, if that’s what those people want to do. But they shouldn’t be driving afterward.
User ironbound1 took a measured stance, seeing good intentions behind the checkpoints, but a slippery slope toward fewer civil liberties:
I had a friend killed by a drunk driver but I still have mixed emotions about checkpoints. Theoretically set up to catch DUI they may also be used for a variety of perceived offenses. Chipping away at our civil liberties a little at a time seems to be acceptable by the public at large these days. This country becomes a member of the North American Socialist club more and more every day.
User bengal62 countered the argument that few arrests at checkpoints proved they aren’t effective:
Perhaps the reason that there are so few DUI arrests is because folks, knowing the checkpoints are out there, are drinking less or have designated drivers when they go out. Eliminate the fear of being caught and I suspect the actual DUI numbers will increase. Besides if by taking those 3 out of 1,000 off the road you avoid one unneceassary death it is worth it.
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