During impaired driving crackdown periods, law enforcement traditionally utilize enforcement strategies that focus directly on impaired drivers who are already on the road. Through the use of sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and other enforcement strategies, law enforcement agencies are able to arrest impaired drivers and potentially prevent impaired driving crashes.
The enforcement of alcohol beverage control laws that pertain to establishments licensed to sell and serve alcohol serve as another important intervention point. Enforcement of these laws by state and local law enforcement agencies can potentially prevent patrons who may have been over served at these establishments from driving altogether. In this toolkit, we provide an overview of alcohol law enforcement strategies, such as sales to intoxicated persons enforcement, collecting and utilizing place of last drink data to inform enforcement efforts, and high visibility licensed premised inspections, that can be used to prevent over service and other alcohol-related problems at licensed establishments.