Doug Thorburn is an addiction researcher and author of Alcoholism Myths and Realities: Removing the Stigma of Societys 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, theyre 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 theres another DUI danger, and it comes from the other side of the law.
Says Thorburn: Cops always think they can tell if someones an alcoholic, but theyre wrong. But then again, many cops are alcoholics.
For more info, check out addictionreport.com.
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