ROAD WARRIOR DUI checkpoints: Fair en...

ROAD WARRIOR DUI checkpoints: Fair enough?

There are 207 comments on the The Morning Call story from May 15, 2009, titled ROAD WARRIOR DUI checkpoints: Fair enough?. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

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Bethlehem, PA

#1 May 15, 2009
I have a story similar to the guy in the article. I'm designated driver and after dropping off 2 friends me and the last friend hit a dui check point. I tell the officer that I haven't been drinking and he proceeds to ask my passenger and he says that yes he has been drinking. I explain that I was the designated driver but it didn't matter. He made me get out of the car and gave me breathalizer. I blow .00 and he says I did it wrong, I do it again and blow .00 and he says the machine malufunctioned, he gets another machine and makes me blow 3 more times! All come up .00 then like he's trying to trick me or something asks "How much did you say you had to drink tonight?" I tell him nothing and he tells me to "wait here" I stand there for 15 minutes while he talks to other cops and looks over my car then finally comes over and says I can leave. No apology for wasting my time or thank you for being a DD. It was probably one of the most ridiculous experiences of my life.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

#2 May 15, 2009
The whole idea of these checkpoints aren't to make sure your alright to drive or even if you get home safe. IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY. .08 is a ridiculous level to judge anyone on. It should be back up to .10 and even that limit is questionable at best. I am prior law enforcement and followed and gave people rides home that I felt couldn't drive safely. The whole idea of destroying someones life is absurd.
Stop being afraid of scum

Bethlehem, PA

#3 May 15, 2009
People are not required to inform the police where they are coming from or going to, if you want that info follow me around while you wait for a warrant.
Police should be required to read the constitution.
Take the 5th of burbon

United States

#4 May 15, 2009
I know it happens all the time but how is this not a violation of the 4th and 5th Amendments regarding unlawful searches and seizures self-incrimination?

There is no probably cause in these random stops. I take the first side street and let them waste their time and come after me - jackboots

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 May 15, 2009
Come on Warrior ? How stupid can you be ? If the press is there to cover a checkpoint, do you think the cops will be rude ?
Hey Watchdog

Moscow, PA

#6 May 15, 2009
Tell them you're coming from the bank, like I always do and if they ask you if you're going right home, tell them after this esperiance, you need to stop for a drink and not to worry, you know where the check point is at, so you will not be back that way

Bethlehem, PA

#8 May 15, 2009
They can ask you where you're coming from ... but you don't have to tell them. They can ask you anything they want. Just say, none of your business.
dying america

Northampton, PA

#9 May 15, 2009
If we are going to have checkpoints, give the State Police the right to arrest illegals
Nazi Germany

Bethlehem, PA

#10 May 15, 2009
Papers!!! We need to see your Papers!!!
Buck 298

Kernersville, NC

#11 May 15, 2009
Take the 5th of burbon wrote:
I know it happens all the time but how is this not a violation of the 4th and 5th Amendments regarding unlawful searches and seizures self-incrimination?
There is no probably cause in these random stops. I take the first side street and let them waste their time and come after me - jackboots
I am certainly for getting drunk drivers off the streets, but I too have always wondered how these "checkpoints" can even be close to constitutional.

Seattle, WA

#12 May 15, 2009
DUI Victim wrote:
I got pushed around and yelled at when I got my DUI in Bethlehem...bu the again, I am Latino, so I'm used to being harassed by the BPD.
The entire DUI process is a HUGE racket!
I'm glad they are harassing you and not me :o)
Local guy

Allentown, PA

#13 May 15, 2009
Shut up and stop being a bunch of cry babies. They are just doing their job trying to keep the rest of us safe from you booze hounds that don't have the sense God gave you to know when you're too drunk to drive!

Wilkes Barre, PA

#15 May 15, 2009
Go to the policemans ball at the holiday inn and set up a dui checkpoint when they leave the parkinglot. Allentown wont have a police force by the end of the night and thats a fact!

Allentown, PA

#16 May 15, 2009
I once was driving when I knew I was too intoxicated to be on the road but had to get home. I saw a checkpoint ahead and ditched down a side street to avoid it. Well, I didn't travel more than a half mile and missed a stop sign and was hit by another DUI. We both avoided the checkpoint and ended up in an accident. Maybe I should have stopped and paid the fine. It would have been cheaper than the damage I caused.

Northbrook, IL

#17 May 15, 2009
Come on, everyone knows the only roads wide enough to have DUI checkpoints on in bethlehem are 412, Easton Ave, and Broad St. That is why I avoid all 3 of these roads. I agree with Sam; .08 is ridiculous! I think that instead of ruining people's lives (unless they are way above the legal limit), they should give them a warning and the option to have someone come pick them up. We don't all carry breathalyzers around with us and sometimes you don't realize that you are just over the limit. There should be a few grace % points. This would be great PR for the police also.

Philadelphia, PA

#18 May 15, 2009
I forgot Public Relations is censored on here, which doesn't make any sense.

Allentown, PA

#19 May 15, 2009
I just have one question about a comment I always see some idiot posting on any column regarding police- What the h*** is a "jackboot"?
Oh snap

Emmaus, PA

#20 May 15, 2009
It's a shame that some officers mistreat citizens during these checkpoints however I'm glad they have these stops. After enjoying happy hour(s), I walk home or call a sober friend for a ride. At least walking past a checkpoint, I know I won't get run over by the guy who was doing all those shots.

Bethlehem, PA

#21 May 15, 2009
Checkpoints are just a fundraiser, if waterboarding becomes illegal so should harrassing the general public.
what r u thinking

West Liberty, KY

#22 May 15, 2009
DUI Checkpoints are illegal !!!

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