MANCHESTER, NH – The good news is that 133 vehicles passed through the Manchester Police Department’s April 20 checkpoint, and there were no DUI arrests.
Lt. Jamie Gallant reports there was one summons issued for operating without a license.
Police announced the sobriety checkpoint April 3.
New Hampshire is one of 38 states where sobriety checkpoints are legal, but here they must be approved by a court judge, as per a 1997 statute, RSA 265:1-a, which reads:
Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no law enforcement officer or agency shall establish or conduct sobriety checkpoints for the purposes of enforcing the criminal laws of this state, unless such law enforcement officer or agency petitions the superior court and the court issues an order authorizing the sobriety checkpoint after determining that the sobriety checkpoint is warranted and the proposed method of stopping vehicles satisfies constitutional guarantees.
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