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Checkpoints yield few arrests for DUI

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Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:00 am

Two articles under "News briefs" on Nov. 16 should concern Lodians who drive automobiles in the city.

The Lodi Police Department, in a recent DUI checkpoint, arrested a minuscule 1 percent of drivers for the offense of driving while intoxicated. This was done between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., when most drunken drivers are on the streets.

Rather than setting up "roadblocks," which by their very nature are volitive of the Fourth Amendment "unreasonable search prohibition," the police could be stopping automobiles which are being driven erratically. They are more likely to be driven by drivers who have imbibed a bit too much.

The Lodi Police Department is now taking part in a program mandating zero tolerance for seat belt violations. How fortunate are the criminals who don't wear their seat belts when driving on Lodi streets? They get to be protected from themselves by the Lodi police.

Notice that the officers will be on "overtime" when conducting these stops. How convenient — a bit more money in the paycheck just in time for the holidays.

Cliff Shirk

Lodi

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