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on Dec 26, 2012
Well it's good to know the news but it would be better if it included the location of the Checkpoint. Might be a secret.
I'll lay good money it won't be near any place where the rich folks party and get drunk.
What is the point of a DUI checkpoint if you announce it ahead of time?
@kathy - the purpose of a DUI checkpoint is not to make DUI arrests, but to reduce drunk driving. And announcing a check-point is part of making that effective.
Not that I'd be welcome anyway... but where exactly DO the rich folks party and get drunk?
DUI checkpoints don't reduce drunk driving anymore than huge boulders in a river reduce its flow. It may alter the route, but I doubt it reduces the overall number of drunks on the road. All you need to do, though, is convince that one person who otherwise would become a wrong way driver on 280 to not drink/drive, and its worth it.
The purpose of a DUI checkpoint is to create overtime opportunities under the guise of 'doing' something about drunk driving. Checkpoints shut down at 2AM, same time as the bars close.
That OT helps boost retirement pay.
Check the next televised checkpoint with way too many cops standing around.
Saw it just last night member. a dozen or so cops standing and chatting while waving cars through or handing out a flyer.
I most certainly hope the check point in MV will be open longer than the bars!!! Jeez!
@Steve: The purpose of announcing DUI checkpoints has nothing to do with effectiveness. The United States Supreme Court ruled prior notice to the public is required.
This is to give the public, people like you and me, the chance to avoid being stopped at a checkpoint without reasonable suspicion. It's the court's way of making the suspension of the 4th Amendment at these checkpoints OK in the name of public safety. In theory we have the ability to not go through the checkpoints.
The exact location used to be required in the announcements but that has been watered down to the just the city or county the checkpoint will be taking place in along with the date and time.
And don't believe the hype. The checkpoints are ineffective.
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