A five hour DWI checkpoint facilitated by numerous law enforcement agencies led to dozens of citations and arrests. The weekend Wilmington checkpoint netted eight DWI arrests.
Smartphone software applications, or "apps," are all the rage right now in North Carolina and throughout the entire nation. So much so, that multiple companies have taken steps to develop applications to alert drivers of intersections with red light cameras, the location of speed traps and DWI checkpoints. The creators of these apps maintain their purpose is to get drivers thinking twice about drunk driving, but a group of U.S. senators is not convinced.
Earlier this week, four senators from states across the nation collectively sent letters to Google, Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) asking that they pull certain "DWI apps" from their inventory, as they believe such Smartphone programs encourage drunk driving. It would be interesting to know what event(s) spurred these Senators to take action earlier this week, as such apps have been in existence in various forms since 2008.
The American Beverage Institute (ABI) made spoke out recently against DWI checkpoints, saying they would like to see police around the nation do away with such untargeted efforts. The institute has a vested interest in doing so, being that they are a Washington D.C.-based trade association representing restaurants with liquor licenses.Police in North Carolina and in 37 other states throughout the country have been relying on drunk driving checkpoints and coordinated "Over the Limit, Under Arrest" advertising campaigns in the past few years to curb the number of drunk drivers on the roads during times of the hear with high incidences of DWI arrests. Law Enforcement officials and representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will be the first to attest to the effectiveness of these campaigns, but the American Beverage Institute disagrees based on some recently compiled statistics.The institute recently released statistics that indicate an average of just three DUI arrests are made for every 1,000 motorists pulled over at drunk driving checkpoints each year. Sarah Longwell, managing director of the ABI, indicated that such checkpoints are clearly not working as well as they should and that efforts of law should be focused elsewhere when targeting drunk driving.