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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

On of the group members told 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 stopped over 117 cars, caught one person for suspected DUI and nabbed 13 others for other traffic violations. 

 

Do you think DUI checkpoints are worth the cost? Do you believe they are legal? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Tom Sofield September 10, 2012 at 08:45 PM
John - here are the results: http://patch.com/A-xDjy
Sabrina September 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
My daughter went through the DUI checkpoint. they asked for her for driver's license, insurance and registration. They asked her what she was doing out that night. They asked her where she was going and where she was coming from. They shone a flashlight throughout her car and into her eyes. They snooped, looking into her backseat. They made comments, unheard by her, that gave her pause and while she says she was treated respectfully, there was an underlying current of antagonism and bullying. She said she was tempted to begin answering their questions in Russian because it reminded her so much of our cold war memories of how we perceived Russia in the movies of that time. "Papers?"
Eric S September 11, 2012 at 03:50 PM
This is my objection to the checkpoints. They are asking for info based on no reasonable suspicion of a crime or violation. It's one thing to sit on the side of the road and look for expired registration/inspections, it's another to physically stop citizens to question us. If DUIs are really the goal, why not set up near a bar? If you can't find drunks at a bar your in the wrong line of work. Checkpoints serve two purposes. One is the stated reason, DUIs and other violations. The other is to cause a form of intimidation to civilians. It is a blatant attempt to bully us into believing the police have authority beyond their mandate. Tell your daughter that next time, roll the window down two inches and then refuse to speak. This is completely legal, we have no legal duty to say a word. In fact we have legal backing to not say a word, the Fifth Amendment....the right to not incriminate ourselves. They can get as upset as they wish, they will still not be able to do a thing. Should they force their way in they have broken civil rights laws and a lawsuit can be brought against the offending police department. Another tactic is a few simple words. "Am I being detained or am I free to go?" If there is no reasonable articuble suspicion of a crime they cannot detain you. If they do not allow you to leave they are violating civil rights laws. People.....the police, bless their brave hearts.....cannot just stop and question us!
Sandy October 01, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I HAVE TO LAUGH.. " THE VOICE" seems to approve of DUI check points because of drinking and driving. YET, this week she supports the Liquor License approval for an athletic and swim club. I guess you can't make up your mind which will profit you more, or is it just you love to debate everyone???
Sandy October 01, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Care to comment this under NAC Liquior license approval ?? My guess is no.

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