Thanks to Choctaw police, Harrah police, Oklahoma County sheriff’s workplace and Oklahoma Freeway Patrol for caring sufficient in regards to the lives of residents to conduct a sobriety checkpoint in jap Oklahoma County.
Sobriety checkpoints are authorized and their constitutionality has been upheld by the Oklahoma Supreme Court docket and the U.S. Supreme Court docket. Nobody’s rights have been violated, however lives have been saved. At this checkpoint, 5 impaired drivers have been arrested, unlawful medication seized and different visitors violations have been discovered.
In response to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, DUI checkpoints cut back fatalities by as a lot as 24%, and $1 invested in sobriety checkpoints saves $6 to $23 in fewer alcohol-related crashes, in keeping with Moms In opposition to Drunk Drivers (MADD). Checkpoints are efficient.
Yearly virtually 40,000 folks die in automobile crashes and, of these, virtually 11,000 die because of an impaired driver. The place is the outrage that 110 folks die on daily basis in preventable automobile crashes or 30 folks die on daily basis in preventable crashes attributable to an impaired driver? These are our dad and mom, kids, spouses, grandparents, associates and neighbors dying on daily basis.
After I was Choctaw police chief, we utilized checkpoints, and after I was Oklahoma County sheriff, we carried out month-to-month checkpoints. Throughout my 50 years of regulation enforcement service, we discovered and eliminated tons of of impaired drivers off the roads, decreased the visitors crash fee and saved an untold variety of lives.
Visitors enforcement is supposed for one function — to alter unsafe driving habits and save lives. And visitors crashes are usually not “accidents,” all of them have a trigger. Nobody dies “by accident” in a visitors crash.
On behalf of these of us who’ve misplaced loves ones in visitors crashes, please take part saluting Choctaw Police Chief Kelly Marshall, Harrah Police Chief Greg Morgan, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson III and Oklahoma Freeway Patrol Chief Brent Sugg for caring sufficient in regards to the residents of their respective jurisdictions to save lots of their lives and hold others from having to expertise the lack of a cherished one. The work they’re doing stops a “homicide in progress” by a drunken driver.
John Whetsel is chair of the Nationwide Sheriffs’ Affiliation Visitors Security Committee.