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CADA to hold meeting on police checks

Anti-drink driving group CADA will today host the first of two public discussions on the potential impact of police checkpoints.

The organisation has been campaigning to implement such checkpoints for several years, noting their success in reducing drunk driving in other jurisdictions.

“One of the objectives of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Month is to educate the community about roadside sobriety checkpoints, what they look like, and the results they can achieve,” Anthony Santucci, the CADA chairman, said:

“Roadside sobriety checkpoints can help to save lives. In other jurisdictions, crash rates have been reduced by as much as 19 percent when checkpoints have been introduced.”

Sobriety checkpoints are typically advertised in advance in other jurisdictions, with vehicles being stopped for breath tests at random.

Mr Santucci said earlier this year: “The main objective of sobriety checkpoints is to change behaviour of motorists so they don’t drink and drive.

“Sobriety checkpoints work because the public is told before hand that the checkpoints will be taking place. Motorists will then know there is an increased likelihood that if they drink and then drive they will get caught.

“Behaviour is changed, and it has been proven that fewer people drink and drive once sobriety checkpoints have been introduced.”

Transportation Minister Shawn Crockwell said last month that Government was considering laws to allow roadside breath tests to be admissible in court as evidence.

A police spokesman said it would be inappropriate for the police service to weigh in on the matter at this stage, but Assistant Commissioner Paul Wright said earlier this year the service had been meeting with CADA, and the Road Safety Council, about sobriety checkpoints, and the groups were of one mind about how to proceed.

Today’s meeting takes place at Hamilton Police Station at 5.30pm, while a second meeting will take place at 5.30pm on Thursday, April 18 at the same location.

Useful website: www.cada.bm

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Published April 04, 2013 at 9:39 am (Updated April 04, 2013 at 9:38 am)

CADA to hold meeting on police checks

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