Bill in Missouri House seeks to ban DWI checkpoints

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A bill moving through the Missouri House would ban DWI checkpoints in the state.

The bill would add a constitutional amendment prohibiting checkpoints and road blocks with exceptions for emergency situations like civil unrest and fleeing felons. In testimony supporters of the amendment argue the checkpoints violate constitutional rights, and say the money would be better spent on other patrol tactics.

Some of the organizations opposed the bill include Missouri Peace Officers Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In their testimony, they pointed to data showing the checkpoints lead to 20 percent decrease in alcohol related crashes.

If it passes, Missouri voters would vote on the measure on the 2022 November ballot.

H.R. 11