The drinking and driving season is upon us. Throughout the cold-weather months, from holiday season office parties through St. Patrick's Day in March, there are ample opportunities for even cautious drivers to let their guard down when it comes drinking and driving.
Many cities and towns are gearing up for the holidays by setting up DUI checkpoints. At these checkpoints, police officers will typically check drivers for signs of intoxication. Despite some legal challenges, DUI checkpoints are generally considered legal if they're conducted in a reasonable way. This means that police should develop some sort of neutral criteria (for example, every third car) in determining which drivers they stop.