Patrick Osborn

Texas Considers Sobriety Checkpoints, Tops Nation in Drunk Driving Fatalities

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Texas lawmakers are taking another look at sobriety checkpoints as a way to get drunk drivers off the road and reduce alcohol related traffic deaths.

The checkpoints are allowed in 38 states but have not been approved in Texas due to privacy concerns.

The San Antonio Express News reports that the proposal surfaced again at a meeting of the Texas House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on Monday.

Lawmakers were told that Texas has the highest number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2010. Drivers with a blood alcohol level more than the legal limit of .08 killed more than 1,200 people on Texas roads.

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