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Communities that set up sobriety checkpoints tend to see their rates of alcohol-related car accidents go down, according to a recent study summarized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers reviewed 23 studies of sobriety checkpoints from the U.S. as well as from other countries. They found that sobriety checkpoints helped reduce the number of car accidents in an area by about 20 percent.

A New Hampshire sobriety checkpoint is a traffic stop where police officers stop drivers to make sure they are not driving while under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) by alcohol or other drugs. Sobriety checkpoints are used both to find drivers who are actually impaired and to deter people from driving after consuming alcohol by increasing the risk they will be arrested.

In the U.S., police officers must have a reason to suspect that drivers have been drinking before administering a breath alcohol test. This means that officers will frequently examine a driver’s face, smell and body movements. Officers may require drivers to perform field sobriety tests to demonstrate that they are sober. Unfortunately, field sobriety tests are difficult to give correctly and even more difficult to perform correctly, even if you’re completely sober. The difficulties of field sobriety tests can result in an arrest for DUI or DWI, even if you’re not breaking any laws.

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In New Hampshire, drivers who are convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) will lose their driver’s licenses for at least 90 days. The driver must complete an impaired driver intervention program (IDIP) before getting his or her license back. Recently, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that treatment beyond the IDIP can be imposed if the person convicted of DWI had a prior DWI arrest“ even if that arrest never resulted in a conviction.

According to a boston.com report, in the case heard by the court, a Nashua man was arrested for DWI in 1994 but was not convicted. In 2004, he was arrested for DWI again and was convicted. He completed the IDIP successfully, but at his license reinstatement hearing, a counselor said that he needed more treatment, based on his 1994 arrest. The New Hampshire Supreme Court held that, in order to treat alcohol problems and protect the public, an administrative hearings officer could consider prior arrests, even if the person arrested was never found guilty of DWI.

Being arrested or convicted for DWI in New Hampshire can be a life-changing event. A conviction can result in heavy fines, a lost license, and even jail time in some instances. After the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s recent verdict, even an arrest on suspicion of DWI can produce heavy consequences.