Ocala DUI checkpoint announced for Friday night on CR 475

According to Ocala.com, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a DUI checkpoint from 8 to midnight Friday night in the area of the 5900 block of Southeast County Road 475.

According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, the checkpoint is part of the Florida DUI Sustained Enforcement Program. Sobriety checkpoints, sometimes called DUI roadblocks, are temporary traffic installations used by law enforcement to catch drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. At a sobriety checkpoint, officers either stop every vehicle or use a specific pattern to stop certain cars on a public road to investigate if drivers are impaired.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has concluded, after numerous field studies, that the number of DUI arrests made by roving patrols is nearly three times the average number of DUI arrests made by officers at a sobriety checkpoint. However, some law enforcement agencies believe that roadblocks are effective—even if they are advertised and drunk drivers have the chance to avoid the roadblock— because have a deterrent effect and show the public that driving under the influence is not tolerated.

Comments about this post can be directed to Ocala DUI attorney Whittel & Melton, LLC at 352-726-0078.

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