UPDATE: Would sobriety checkpoints solve the D.W.I. problem in Texas?
POSTED: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 6:48am
TYLER - The National Transportation Safety Board ranks Texas as one of the ten states that does the least to prevent DWI-related crashes.
The study released this week says only six states are doing enough to prevent alcohol related crashes.
Officials with Smith County D.P.S. say drivers who are arrested for D.W.I. drive drunk on average eighty times per year.
Law enforcement officials say it's difficult to catch these offenders because there are so few officers and so many drivers on the road, but the law also comes into play.
The idea of sobriety checkpoints has been presented numerous times in the Texas Legislature, and it's been shot down each time amid privacy concerns.
However, some studies reportedly show those check points can reduce alcohol-related crash deaths by 20-percent.