Sobriety checkpoints are frequently utilized by law enforcement agencies. Police officers use the checkpoints as a means to reduce drunk driving by identifying those who are operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. However, a debate about the checkpoints has arisen in the Missouri legislature.
The Missouri State House of Representatives had previously introduced a spending plan that would have stopped state funding of sobriety checkpoints. The provision was included because concerns had been raised that such checkpoints may violate motorists' rights. However, the State Senate recently removed the verbiage that eliminated state funding.