New legislation could make Texas 40th state to have sobriety checkpoints

Texas may soon be the 40th state to allow police to set up road blocks to look for drunken drivers.

A Texas man who was left brain damaged, paralyzed and unable to speak after riding in a truck with a drunk driver, testified in favor of the bill in the legislature today.

He was able to convey his message to legislators by useing a special computer to speak his thoughts.

Civil libertarians and criminal defense attorneys say sobriety checkpoints are ineffective, promote racial profiling and treat innocent people like criminals.

But the author of the bill says it would set guidelines needed to allow checkpoints, while preventing racial profiling and harassment of sober drivers.