Sobriety Checkpoint Laws around the country

sobriety checkpoints around the countrySobriety checkpoint laws around the country

Most states in the country conduct sobriety checkpoints on their roads throughout the year.  According to data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 38 states, including Massachusetts, plus Washington, D.C, the US Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands conduct field sobriety tests annually.   The frequency and timing varies from state to state.  The Governor’s High Safety Association reports on the others.

Due to legal issues surrounding their use, not all states conduct sobriety checkpoints. Some states have laws authorizing their use. Others forbid them or are silent on the issue.

States not conducting sobriety checkpoints include Wisconsin, Wyoming, Texas, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington.

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