Newtown Cops to Hold DUI Checkpoint
Police have not released where the checkpoint will be held, but officials report it will be held Friday.
Newtown Township police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location inside their jurisdiction on Friday.
In a statement released this week, police officials said they would did not disclose the time and location of the checkpoint.
DUI checkpoints are conducted in Bucks County by local and state police. The location is rarely released to the media ahead of the checkpoint in an effort curb drivers from avoiding the area.
Data from several studies from around the globe has shown that fewer alcohol-related vehicle accidents happen when checkpoints are present in a given area, according to information released by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In recent years, sobriety checkpoints, as they are also known, have come under scrutiny for several reasons.
Whether the checkpoint violates the Fourth Amendment right is one of the reasons. The amendment helps protect citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures of property or persons.
In 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the checkpoints are legal and constitutional. However, several states have barred law enforcement from holding the checkpoints due to question regarding the legality.
A citizen group, Valley Forge Revolutionaries, has protested similar checkpoints in Upper Moreland, Montgomery County in recent months.
On of the group members told Upper Moreland Patch that DUI checkpoints are ineffectual, fiscally irresponsible and violated the Fourth Amendment. He suggested increased road patrols could be just as effective.
The cost of maintaining checkpoints is an issue that has been raised across the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on its website that the checkpoints are "costly to initiate and maintain."
A state police checkpoint in Trevose last summer stopped over 117 cars, caught one person for suspected DUI and nabbed 13 others for other traffic violations.
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