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Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:48 am, Tue Nov 30, 2010.

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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5 comments:

  • Sunny Samuels posted at 5:47 pm on Tue, Nov 30, 2010.

    Sunny Samuels Posts: 55

    Am I the only one who dosen't have a problem with these checkpoints? Is it because I have a license, insurance and don't drive under the influence and am not wanted or have warrants. They could have them every night and I'd be happy with it.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:51 pm on Tue, Nov 30, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Looking at the figures from the last 2 years of DUI checkpoint figures, it looks to me like they are merely drivers' license and insurance checkpoints judging by the number of arrests and large number of vehicles being towed. Recently with 2 DUI arrests and 27 or so other arrests and the large number of cars towed, these so-called DUI checkpoints reek of racial profiling, rights violations, nice overtime paychecks and fat revenues for the tow truck companies and the city of Lodi. All government money, of course. Why isn't LPD that aggressive with the gang and drug problem that plagues Lodi now?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:58 am on Tue, Nov 30, 2010.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4305

    Only an inconvenience if you believe in the Constitution and that your rights are being illegaly violated. But then, we in the US believe that these rights can be violated in order to have behavior legislated that is deemed unacceptable by the vocal majority.

    1000? What is the average number who drive through these checkpoints? 200 or less? That makes only 2 "drunk drivers." You never hear whether these people were driving just fine and just unlucky to be over the legal limit, or whether they were seriously impaired (which, I guess, you would have to be, otherwise you could easily avoid the checkpoint).

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 4:46 am on Tue, Nov 30, 2010.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2740

    I don't know of anyone who has ever felt violated when they went through a checkpoint.
    Please Cliff tell me you're joking when you imply that it's just way too much of an inconvenience for anyone to have to go through a checkpoint.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 4:40 am on Tue, Nov 30, 2010.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2740

    So let me get this straight Cliff:
    If the PD stopped 1000 cars and they arrested 1 percent that would be 10 less people
    on the road now driving drunk. That's not good enough for you?

     

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