Motorists on Kansas City roadways at one time or another may have encountered a sobriety checkpoint. At these checkpoints, police randomly stop vehicles to determine if the drivers are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If the motorist shows any signs of impairment, the officer will perform a more detailed investigation to see if the driver should be arrested.
These sobriety checkpoints have often been cited as an effective tool in the fight against drunk driving, but, this could be changing in 2017. The Missouri state legislature is currently debating whether or not to include DWI checkpoints in this year’s budget. If the funds requested are not approved, it could mean changes for the way that police look for drunk drivers.