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Sobriety checkpoints are spots along roads where police stop passing vehicles to screen for possible criminal behavior, including driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. However, recent moves in New Hampshire’s legislature to eliminate or restrict police power to hold NH sobriety checkpoints has made many New Hampshire drivers wonder: why are sobriety checkpoints such a popular method of deterring potential drunk driving?

According to a study from Texas A&M University, sobriety checkpoints are popular because studies show they work to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. For instance, studies in Tennessee and other states have found that sobriety checkpoints reduce alcohol-related accidents by 20 percent or more, and the effects can last for months after the checkpoint itself has been closed. Drivers are more likely to practice safe driving, such as relying on a designated driver or public transportation, if they want to go out and drink but believe they might be stopped if they drive themselves.

Also, sobriety checkpoints are popular among many state governments because they are considered cheaper than other methods, such as roving patrols. Only a few officers are needed to run a sobriety checkpoint, but they may make as many arrests in one night as twice as many officers on roving patrols. The study did not indicate how many of these arrests later lead to conviction, however.

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The New Hampshire state House of Representatives has postponed further consideration of a bill that would allow grocery stores to sell liquor in the state. The House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee has instead asked for a study that will weigh the bill’s possible impacts on administrative costs, liquor costs, and the possible consequences, such as any potential increases in drunk driving or other alcohol-related problems, according to a recent article in the Union-Leader.

The bill would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell liquor, but at a lower price than liquor stores currently sell it. Supporters say that the increased sales would make up for the decrease in revenue from the lower prices. Opponents say that increasing liquor availability will mean more work for local police forces and may increase the risks of drunk driving, including an increase in arrests on suspicion of alcohol-related misbehavior. They also point out that many convenience and grocery store clerks are under age 21 and might easily be convinced to sell liquor to underaged drinkers in NH, such as friends or acquaintances.

At Tenn And Tenn, P.A., our dedicated New Hampshire drunk driving defense lawyers understand that a drunk-driving arrest or charge can seriously affect your ability to find work, run errands, participate in hobbies or volunteer activities, and more. That’s why we apply our legal resources and courtroom experience to fight for our clients every step of the way, from the initial arrest to a trial and beyond. If you’re facing a DUI charge in New Hampshire, call Tenn And Tenn, P.A. today at (603) 624-3700. The call is free and completely confidential.

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Every state, including New Hampshire, has an “implied consent” law that prescribes penalties for drivers who refuse to consent to a chemical test of their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Penalties range from suspended licenses to fines. However, in many states, including New Hampshire, some drivers refuse to consent to a BAC test despite the consequences – a situation that worries law enforcement officers and prosecutors who have to work harder to get a conviction when no “hard numbers” are available, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In a 2005 study conducted by the NHTSA, the average rate of refusal in 37 states studied was 22.7 percent. In other words, nearly one-fourth of drivers asked to submit to a BAC test refused. New Hampshire had by far the highest rate of refusal of the states studied, with 81 percent of drivers arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) refusing to take a BAC test between 2001 and 2005.

Various states have come up with different methods for combating the refusal of drivers to submit to a BAC test. For instance, some states have set up a system for providing warrants so that law enforcement officials can take a blood draw. Others, including Montana, are considering systems in which a warrant can be telephoned in if the driver has a previous conviction for DUI.

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The Labor Day efforts of New Hampshire police units to increase sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols looking for signs of possible drunk or impaired driving (DUI) were only part of a much larger movement. A nationwide effort to prevent impaired driving and arrest drivers suspected of violating DUI laws went into effect on Labor Day, but drivers can help themselves travel safely and prevent arrest if they have the right information. To start: what is a “sobriety checkpoint” and how does it differ from a “saturation patrol?”

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a “sobriety checkpoint” is a stationary location set up on a stretch of roadway. Officers stay at the checkpoint and stop cars, usually in a predetermined sequence. For instance, police may stop every car, or may stop every third car. When a car is stopped, police speak to the driver and look for signs that he or she may be violating laws against impaired driving or other crimes. The specific rules police must follow at a checkpoint are usually set out by state law.

A “saturation patrol,” on the other hand, involves more officers in patrol cars traveling around a chosen area, looking for signs of impaired driving in other cars on the move. At a checkpoint; officers stay put; in a saturation patrol, they usually drive around. Often, multiple law enforcement agencies will team up to conduct a saturation patrol.