Bill to outlaw sobriety checkpoints fails in ND Senate

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2011 file photo, a car approaches a sobriety checkpoint set up along a busy street in Albuquerque, N.M. A prestigious scientific panel is recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
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A House bill that would outlaw sobriety checkpoints in the state has been defeated in the Senate.

Senators voted 36-10 against the bill on Thursday. It would have required “reasonable suspicion for certain traffic stops.”

Rep. Rick Becker the measure’s primary sponsor says sobriety checkpoints are ineffective and don’t act as a deterrent.

Opponents of the bill say the checkpoints are effective and probably save lives.