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St. Patrick's Night Checkpoints Catch Drivers - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and W...

There are 57 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Mar 18, 2012, titled St. Patrick's Night Checkpoints Catch Drivers - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and W.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

More than 1,500 drivers in Albemarle County rolled down their windows on St. Patrick's night at three sobriety checkpoints targeting partiers who shouldn't have gotten behind the wheel.

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Paddy O_Furniture

Purcellville, VA

#1 Mar 18, 2012
An Irishman who had a little too much to drink
Is driving home from the city one night and,
Of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road.
A cop pulls him over.
"So," says the cop to the driver,
Where have ya been?"
" Why, I've been to the pub of course,"
Slurs the drunk.
" Well," says the cop, "it looks like you've had quite
A few to drink this evening."
"I did all right," the drunk says with a smile.
"Did you know," says the cop, standing straight and
Folding his arms across his chest,
"that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?"
"Oh, thank heavens," sighs the drunk.
"For a minute there, I thought I'd gone deaf."
JCS

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Mar 18, 2012
Thank you for keeping our roads safe! Drunk drivers have a total disregard for the lives and safety of others and show bad judgment when they get behind the wheel! Again, thank you!
Bob Wired

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Mar 18, 2012
ah~ rather they go after the REAL CRIMINALS
out there walking and driving our streets!
Morris Shifflet

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Mar 18, 2012
I hope all that were arrested get the electric chair and the book thrown at them.
Gullibles Travels

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Mar 18, 2012
You people are so easily fooled. Sure, it's somewhat about safety on the highways. But it is moreso about a revenue grab. This is why they set up three cash registers this time rather than the normal one. Additionally, you don't park on the side of the road and wait for drunk drivers to come to you. Within 15 minutes, anybody with a cell phone and text knows where they are sitting. If this same 50 or 60 officers had been roaming around they surely could have caught more drunk drivers than just 5. 5 is a very pathetic number in a city and county this large when you have 50 to 60 officers assigned to the detail.
Gullibles Travels

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Mar 18, 2012
additional information - CBS Channel 19 reports 60 officers were assigned to this detail.
R u sure

Johnson City, TN

#7 Mar 18, 2012
"Drivers who registered at a blood alcohol level of .05 or above were not able to drive home."
Is this accurate? How does ACPD make this determination when legal limit is .08? I don't claim to know, am confused and am looking for clarification.
Anyone that has an educated opinion I would appreciate a response. Thanks
Slave to the cheap

United States

#8 Mar 18, 2012
During which, a large quantity of marijuana was found is exactly what ?
Bob

Palmyra, VA

#9 Mar 18, 2012
Before you speak, you should do a little more research.
Gullibles Travels wrote:
You people are so easily fooled. Sure, it's somewhat about safety on the highways. But it is moreso about a revenue grab. This is why they set up three cash registers this time rather than the normal one. Additionally, you don't park on the side of the road and wait for drunk drivers to come to you. Within 15 minutes, anybody with a cell phone and text knows where they are sitting. If this same 50 or 60 officers had been roaming around they surely could have caught more drunk drivers than just 5. 5 is a very pathetic number in a city and county this large when you have 50 to 60 officers assigned to the detail.
reality bites

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Mar 18, 2012
Law enforcement around here has its collective heads up its collective you know what.
CvilleGordo

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Mar 18, 2012
R u sure wrote:
"Drivers who registered at a blood alcohol level of .05 or above were not able to drive home."
Is this accurate? How does ACPD make this determination when legal limit is .08? I don't claim to know, am confused and am looking for clarification.
Anyone that has an educated opinion I would appreciate a response. Thanks
It's all about being impaired; and alcohol affects people differently. Know anyone who is just plain smashed after one drink? I do. Betcha' they wouldn't blow over .04 either, but they sure as heck shouldn't drive a car. It's an educated judgement call of course, but I don't think you'd get too far with a civil rights suit.
I know

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Mar 18, 2012
The presumed legal limit in VA is .08. The state say's this, not "ACPD." You can still be arrested for a blood alcohol level less than .08. Again, the state law says this, not "ACPD."
R u sure wrote:
"Drivers who registered at a blood alcohol level of .05 or above were not able to drive home."
Is this accurate? How does ACPD make this determination when legal limit is .08? I don't claim to know, am confused and am looking for clarification.
Anyone that has an educated opinion I would appreciate a response. Thanks
Rusty

New Market, VA

#13 Mar 18, 2012
You are presumed sober by code if you are .04 and under. You are presumed drunk if you are .08 and over. In between, there is no presumption.

From reading the press release it seems like they caught 5 drunk drivers and a bunch of other chicken-crap tickets to pad the county's coffers.

Those 60 officers should have doubled up in a car then hit the back-roads. With the proliferation of cell phones and social networking, these "your papers please" checkpoints will become a thing of the past.
Scene enough

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Mar 18, 2012
No matter how well the police do around here, SOMEBODY always complains. They got people off the road who shouldn't have been driving!!

My guess is that, even if there were 60 officers involved in this, that it is cheaper than ONE drunk driving crash. Think about it. After court costs, attorney's fees (if there are any other than the appointed ones), then medical bills ( for years!), loss of job(s), pain, anguish, the insurance costs (because it always seems the drunk one doesn't have any) plus costs of upkeep for somebody in prison, I could go on but I think you get the point. Since they got 5 off the road, then multiply that too.

If they would not have done these checkpoints and used the other "method" of roaming around, then someone would've wanted to know where the checkpoints were that could'e prevented a crash (I mean, it's St. Patrick's Day!). Go ahead and have the checkpoints!! Even if it cost me a few extra bucks, I 'd rather deal with that than pay some losers jail time and know they hurt or killed someone.
Her you go

Conway, SC

#15 Mar 18, 2012
R u sure wrote:
"Drivers who registered at a blood alcohol level of .05 or above were not able to drive home."
Is this accurate? How does ACPD make this determination when legal limit is .08? I don't claim to know, am confused and am looking for clarification.
Anyone that has an educated opinion I would appreciate a response. Thanks
You are partially correct..08 bac is a presumtive level of intoxication and therefore is basically a guranteed conviction. If a driver has consumed too much alcohol to operate a vehicle then they can be made to find another way home. This could mean calling a cab, friend or tow truck, it is there decision.

If they have been determined to be a .05 then there was some indication of intoxication that caused the officer to have them perform field sobriety tests. The .05 reading was then determined by a PBT on the scene. The on scene breath test cannot be used against you in court in regards to a DUI charge. You can be convicted for DUI even if your level is under .08 based on the field test performance. Lots of people cannot safely operate a vehicle under .08.
Hope all that helps you understand!
Here you go

Conway, SC

#16 Mar 18, 2012
Slave to the cheap wrote:
During which, a large quantity of marijuana was found is exactly what ?
It's called doing your job as a police officer. What is your question? Sounds like someon got arrested on a felony. Must have been something to it.

Thanks to the ACPD for taking charge and doing what needs to be done to keep our roadways safe!!
Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Mar 18, 2012
Many innocent people stopped and harassed, few guilty ones caught.
SO WHAT

Conway, SC

#18 Mar 18, 2012
Bob wrote:
Many innocent people stopped and harassed, few guilty ones caught.
If you are innocent then you have nothing to worry about. I went through one of these lastnight. I was there for about 15 seconds. Not a real game changer for me. I thanked the officer that checked my license. He was very polite. I am glad they are there trying to keep my family safe from drunks etc.
MajorNelson

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Mar 18, 2012
R u sure wrote:
"Drivers who registered at a blood alcohol level of .05 or above were not able to drive home."
Is this accurate? How does ACPD make this determination when legal limit is .08? I don't claim to know, am confused and am looking for clarification.
Anyone that has an educated opinion I would appreciate a response. Thanks
I think they were just being cautious.

Since: Aug 10

Dillwyn, VA

#20 Mar 18, 2012
Of all the idiotic garbage I see posted on this forum, complaining about dui enforcement has to be at the TOP of the list!

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