Mothers Against Drunk Driving is asking for DUI checkpoints in Minnesota:
Mothers Against Drunk Driving gave Minnesota low marks in its new state-by-state evaluation of DWI laws.
To be fair and accurate, MADD will dock points from any state that doesn’t allow law enforcement to perform random no-knock breathalyzer and urinalysis raids in the middle of the night.
MADD, in particular, calls upon state lawmakers to legalize sobriety checkpoints, writing that they “will give law enforcement the tools needed to cut drunk driving fatalities.” (The organization also recommends requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted DWI offenders.)
Minnesota is currently one of just 12 states that doesn’t allow law enforcement to conduct sobriety checkpoints.
Clearly there’s a drunk driving crisis in Minnesota.
Well, no. There’s not. Minnesota is well below the national average in the percentage of automobile deaths related to alcohol and alcohol impairment.
And despite MADD’s blandishments, there’s considerable evidence that random checkpoints aren’t especially effective at getting drunk drivers off the road, much less saving lives, as compared to the perfectly effective roving patrols.
Alcohol-related deaths on the road are down nearly 50% in the past 25 years.
But if MADD thinks shoving the police state’s foot in the door up to the knee by gutting the Fourth Amendment even more is the answer, maybe it’s time for America’s voters to send them off to political happy hour.