Sobriety checkpoints are a law enforcement techique where law enforcement officials evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment at specific points on the roadway.
It is important to understand that the average checkpoint lasts not longer that one signal light rotation of a stoplight. A minor inconvenience compared to the number of lives saved.
Vehicles are stopped in a specific sequence such as every other vehicle or ever fourth, fifth or sixth vehicle. Check points are typically publicized in advance and signs are posted at the approache to the checkpoint. warning drivers that a checkpoint is ahead. Also, police must have a reason to believe the driver stopped at a checkpoint has been drinking before a breath test can be conducted.
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MADD's Court Monitoring program helps ensure that drunk driving cases are handled consistently and swiftly. After being trained on courtroom procedures, volunteer court monitors sit in on court proceedings, keep track of how DUI/DWI cases are handled, and report the information back for data collection and analysis. Local MADD leaders use those results to help determin problems in the judicial system and lobby for appropriate changes.
MADD provides free victim services to all victims and their families. These services include but are not limited to court accompaniment MADD provides free victim services to all victims and their families. These services include but are not limited to court accompaniment, emotional support, informational material. To speak with an advocate please call MADD at 417-850-2237. Help is only a phone call away.
Youth In Action (Y.I.A.) is a MADD program designed to reduce underage drinking by targeting social and retail availability of alcohol for youth under the age of 21 and by supporting the enforement of underage drinking laws. Youth In Action partners youth with local law enforcement, educates adults in the community, and targets alcohol sales to minors. By reducing the access of alcohol to minors, this program aims to reduce the amount of youth engaging in underage drinking.