Thursday, December 27, 2007

DUI Checkpoints Pose No Problem For Drunk Drivers

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – This New Year’s Eve, you’re cruising for a boozin’ bruisin’ if you expect DUI checkpoints to keep dangerous drunks off the road.

Doug Thorburn is an addiction researcher and author of Alcoholism Myths and Realities: Removing the Stigma of Society’s Most Destructive Disease (Galt Publishing), who says that alcoholics, – who typically get behind the wheel 80 times a year – are often crafty enough to render DUI checkpoints useless.

He says, “They might not even show the typical signs of inebriation at three times the legal limit. Alcoholics know how to hide the smell and signs, and with DUI checkpoints, they’re thinking, ‘Look what I can get away with.’”

Thorburn says weaving, tailgating, and littering are surefire signs of a dangerous drunk driver, and advocates a mandatory vision test to determine intoxication whenever anyone is pulled over.

But there’s another DUI danger, and it comes from the other side of the law.

Says Thorburn: “Cops always think they can tell if someone’s an alcoholic, but they’re wrong. But then again, many cops are alcoholics.”

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