Have you ever been stuck in a DUI Checkpoint? It’s not fun and you end up getting bothered when you are doing nothing wrong. I’ve also heard that the in California it costs $10,000 to have a DUI checkpoint and it’s focused mostly on education. With the already high amounts of traffic around the San Diego area the last thing I want to run into is a checkpoint.
MrCheckpoint.com has a solution to this by sending out DUI Checkpoint alerts through a text based service in various parts of California including San Diego and Los Angelos. The service is free and you can sign up by texting NODUI to 51515.
Now a service like this does bring up some issues such as giving drunk drivers the option of avoiding DUI checkpoints, but that’s not at all the reasoning behind it. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) supports the MrCheckpoint service because it does bring awareness to drunk driving and makes people think about not driving if they are aware of the checkpoints. Maybe people will plan ahead more with that knowledge. As part of the service you do take a pledge that says you will not drink and drive.
When first hearing about the service I did think that drunk drivers would just abuse the service to avoid the checkpoints, but after more thought and watching the videos the reasoning does make sense. I don’t drink anymore but if I look back and try to get in a little bit of the mind state from the past in one of those situations I imagine being out at a bar or a friend’s house. Then at some point during the night I get a text saying there is a DUI Checkpoint near by. That is a pretty big deterrent for driving at all or being in the car with someone driving because not only is the checkpoint there but chances are there will be police around the area as well. Plus it acts as a reminder in a situation like that to just not put yourself in a scenario like that.
Here’s a video from NBC4 News describing MrCheckpoint:
Just as a reminder that if you are going to drink you should plan ahead. Designate a driver, have some back ups of people you can call such as friends and family members, or call a cab. Taking a cab doesn’t put innocent lives in danger and it’s a lot cheaper than a DUI.
Here are some statistics off of the CHP.ca.gov website:
- 50 Percent of Americans will be involved in an alcohol-involved traffic collision in his or her lifetime (that’s nuts)
- Nearly 23,000 people are killed EVERY YEAR in alcohol-related traffic collisions
- One American life is lost every 22 minutes in an alcohol-related traffic collision