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Ohio.com - Patrol to check for drunk drivers

There are 12 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jul 31, 2007, titled Ohio.com - Patrol to check for drunk drivers. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

The Wooster and Medina posts of the Ohio Highway Patrol will be conducting drunk-driving checkpoints this weekend.

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takemeon

Massillon, OH

#1 Aug 3, 2007
I'm wondering if this would be more effective if they kept mum about it.
Logic Wins

Akron, OH

#2 Aug 3, 2007
Alcoholics can't help themselves - no worry.

This did remind me, however, of a Cops episode where the guy was pulled over and we watched the whole thing from the dashcam. The officer (female) asked the driver if he had been drinking - he said no. She asked him to touch his nose, walk a straight line, all the usual things, which he did without a hitch... even though you could tell from his speech he had to be drinking.

She then asked him to recite the alphabet "backwards". After a look of surprise, he rattled off the entire alphbet back-to-front in about 15 seconds flat.

With a shocked face, the officer said, "I don't believe I've ever met anyone that could do that!"

The driver replied, "Not bad for a drunk guy, huh?... oh sh|t"
LilOne

Herndon, VA

#3 Aug 3, 2007
takemeon wrote:
I'm wondering if this would be more effective if they kept mum about it.
I think they have to announce the checkpoints in order for them not to be illegal. I could be wrong, though.

“At least I'm housebroken.”

Since: Jun 07

Canton, OH

#4 Aug 3, 2007
takemeon wrote:
I'm wondering if this would be more effective if they kept mum about it.
They have to disclose them. Otherwise, it would be entrapment.

Besides, it isn't like the knuckleheads that are drinking and driving are really paying attention anyway. Every weekend, they announce them and the drunks still get caught.

Since: Mar 07

Cleveland, OH

#5 Aug 3, 2007
Logic Wins wrote:
Alcoholics can't help themselves - no worry.
This did remind me, however, of a Cops episode where the guy was pulled over and we watched the whole thing from the dashcam. The officer (female) asked the driver if he had been drinking - he said no. She asked him to touch his nose, walk a straight line, all the usual things, which he did without a hitch... even though you could tell from his speech he had to be drinking.
She then asked him to recite the alphabet "backwards". After a look of surprise, he rattled off the entire alphbet back-to-front in about 15 seconds flat.
With a shocked face, the officer said, "I don't believe I've ever met anyone that could do that!"
The driver replied, "Not bad for a drunk guy, huh?... oh sh|t"
Actually that was a Reno 911! skit....but funny none the less

stll standing

Cleveland, OH

#6 Aug 3, 2007
Im drunk now!
Paul

United States

#7 Aug 3, 2007
Another violation of your rights. They catch 2 or 3 drunks and inconvience 1000 law abiding citizens by stopping them for no just reason.
Logic Wins

Avon Lake, OH

#8 Aug 3, 2007
Paul wrote:
Another violation of your rights. They catch 2 or 3 drunks and inconvience 1000 law abiding citizens by stopping them for no just reason.
And I'll bet you'll be the first one to b|tch if someone you know gets killed by the next drunk.

"Where were the cops?, where were the cops?"

“At least I'm housebroken.”

Since: Jun 07

Canton, OH

#9 Aug 3, 2007
Paul wrote:
Another violation of your rights. They catch 2 or 3 drunks and inconvenience 1000 law abiding citizens by stopping them for no just reason.
The U.S. Supreme Court reviewed a decision of the Michigan Supreme Court striking down drunk driving roadblocks as unconstitutional. In a 6-3 decision, the Court reversed the Michigan court, holding that roadblocks were constitutionally permissible. Chief Justice Rehnquist began his majority opinion by admitting that DUI roadblocks (aka “sobriety checkpoints”) do, in fact, constitute a “seizure” within the language of the 4th Amendment.

Rehnquist’s justification for ignoring the Constitution rested on the assumption that DUI roadblocks were “necessary” and “effective”. Are they? As Justice Stevens wrote in his own dissenting opinion, the Michigan court had already reviewed the statistics on DUI sobriety checkpoints/roadblocks:“The findings of the trial court, based on an extensive record and affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals, indicate that the net effect of sobriety checkpoints on traffic safety is infinitesimal and possibly negative”.
Drama Queen Paul

Cleveland, OH

#10 Aug 3, 2007
Paul wrote:
Another violation of your rights. They catch 2 or 3 drunks and inconvience 1000 law abiding citizens by stopping them for no just reason.
Thousands huh? You're an idiot. And please cite for us how this is an infringment on one's rights -- especially since this checkpoint is being done on a PUBLIC ROADWAY. Asshat.
takemeon

Massillon, OH

#11 Aug 3, 2007
Logic Wins wrote:
Alcoholics can't help themselves - no worry.
This did remind me, however, of a Cops episode where the guy was pulled over and we watched the whole thing from the dashcam. The officer (female) asked the driver if he had been drinking - he said no. She asked him to touch his nose, walk a straight line, all the usual things, which he did without a hitch... even though you could tell from his speech he had to be drinking.
She then asked him to recite the alphabet "backwards". After a look of surprise, he rattled off the entire alphbet back-to-front in about 15 seconds flat.
With a shocked face, the officer said, "I don't believe I've ever met anyone that could do that!"
The driver replied, "Not bad for a drunk guy, huh?... oh sh|t"
LOL. This made me think of a time when a neighbor of mine had been to a party, my neighbor was following his buddy home in his car, cops stopped his buddy, my neighbor stopped to defend his buddy and told the cop "well if he is drunk then i am too because we were both drinking at the party." LOL, true story.
caj

Canton, OH

#12 Aug 3, 2007
Paul wrote:
Another violation of your rights. They catch 2 or 3 drunks and inconvience 1000 law abiding citizens by stopping them for no just reason.
Poor you! Just tell the police how important you are and that potentially saving lives and injuries is not as important as your 5 minutes. Afterall, I'm sure you live every minute of your life to the fullest, never wasting a single second. Do you really think the world revolves around YOU?

I wish there would have been a check point before the drunk hit me and caused permanent injuries to my spinal cord and neck- or are my injuries not worth your time?

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