Sobriety Checkpoint Safety

Credit Hours:  1
Approximate reading time: 0.5 Hours
Approximate online time: 0.5 Hours

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Program Abstract

Operating on the roadway is one of the most dangerous duties law enforcement officers do.1 Sobriety checkpoints expose officers to traffic from both directions as drivers encounter that unexpected event and officers approach and assess those drivers. This module presents practical steps law enforcement officers can take to maximize their safety while working sobriety checkpoints. The module focuses on the safety aspects of planning and executing these checkpoints. The legalities and procedures for evaluating driver sobriety are not addressed.

1Statistics for 2013 from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: Auto Crash (28), Struck by Vehicle (11), Motorcycle Crash (4). Cumulative 2004-2013, Top 4 causes of LE fatalities in the line of duty in order of # officers killed: Shot (548), Auto Crash (434), Job-Related Illness (186), Struck By Vehicle (136). “Operating on the roadway” encompasses crashes and struck bys.

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Get Started and The Responder Safety Learning Network (RSLN) are a project of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI), a Committee of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association. The RSLN is an online training network delivering critical safety training for roadway incident responders. All training is free and delivered 24/7/365 on demand. The self-paced modules include critical components of roadway operations safety in an emergency situation, including: Advance Warning, Blocking, High Visibility, Traffic Control, Public Outreach, Incident Command, and more. Register online to get started.