DUI arrests are a major issue in Miami. One way police are looking to tackle the situation is with DUI checkpoints. The Miami New Times discusses the latest checkpoint in a recent article titled “DUI Checkpoint in South Beach Tonight at 8.”
Kyle Munzenrieder of the Miami New Times writes, “The checkpoint will be located around the 1000 block of Fifth Street. Saturation patrols will also comb other areas of South Beach. ‘Miami Beach Police Department Traffic Enforcement Units will also be conducting saturation patrols with highly trained and experienced DUI/DRE (drug recognition expert) officers to detect and apprehend drug-impaired drivers,’ a statement from the force reads. This is a very serious subject, so of course the department is tweeting out reminders about the checkpoint with GIFs of cute dogs. Miami Beach PD has been criticized in recent years as the number of DUI arrests has plummeted. In December, the force secured a $100,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to help step up MBPD’s DUI enforcement. The grant is being used to fund DUI checkpoints such as tonight’s. Of Florida cities with a population of more than 75,000, Miami Beach ranks sixth for crashes related to driver impairment despite its relatively low population and small area.”
The Kokomo Herald also looks at DUI checkpoints in a recent article titled “D.U.I. Checkpoint Will Be Conducted in Miami County.” The author of the article writes, “On the evening of March 18, 2016 officers from the Indiana State Police will conduct an enforcement checkpoint targeting impaired drivers in Miami County. After the checkpoint, troopers will conduct roving saturation patrols aggressively seeking impaired drivers throughout the Indiana State Police Peru District which covers Cass, Fulton, Grant, Miami, Howard, Tipton, and Wabash Counties. Impaired driving remains one of America’s deadliest problems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 32,719 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes. That same year, 10,076 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. That means every 52 minutes someone died in a crash involving an impaired driver. In Indiana, in 2014, there were a total of 205,532 crashes, 4,574 involved an alcohol impaired driver, resulting in 101 deaths.”
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