Recent DUI checkpoints produce many c...

Recent DUI checkpoints produce many car seizures but few DUI ar...

There are 78 comments on the Whittier Daily News story from Mar 18, 2010, titled Recent DUI checkpoints produce many car seizures but few DUI ar.... In it, Whittier Daily News reports that:

Police and sheriff's deputies impounded 176 vehicles and arrested six impaired drivers at DUI checkpoints in five area cities on the weekend before St.

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Blue Balls

Kapolei, HI

#1 Mar 18, 2010
Just call them for what they truly are, driver's license checkpoints. The DUI checkpoints aren't deterring drunk drivers, theyre just deterring drunk drivers from that particular intersection.
Sheriff Joe

Whittier, CA

#2 Mar 18, 2010
Here's an idea. Obtain a driver's license before driving a car. Maybe once in a while......OBEY THE LAW. If these unlicensed drivers get in a accident, who pays the damage? You & I.......the responsible ones!!
John

Pasadena, CA

#3 Mar 18, 2010
Wish we had more such checkpoints operating at the same time. Maybe it would deter some illegals. Why is it that for law-abiding citizens "driving is a privilege, not a right", but try impounding an illegal immigrant's car and "you are taking away their RIGHT to drive"?
Mr Rational

Pacoima, CA

#4 Mar 18, 2010
It's revenue generation and nothing more, it does nothing for safety since it just sends the drunks onto another road, I would rather be sitting next to an unlisenced driver than a drunk if you want to talk about safety, the guy with no lisence is for sure doing his level best to be as safe as can be and not be impaired. As for you Joe, if you think everyone who drives having a lisence and insurance is going to cost you and I less when the insurance bill comes, you must be an insurance agent...
GINGER

Upland, CA

#5 Mar 18, 2010
You know what? I don't care what they call it. If they take away someone's car because they are drunk, have arrest warrants out on them, do not have auto insurance or are illegal. Great! These officers are doing their jobs and i think it is slowly working. It takes a while to clean up alot of trash. I have seen these check points work by my house. Those guys & gals are busy. I cheer them on for every person they get. I see the motorcycle cops on one end. if a car mysteriously goes out of the check point line. they are followed and pulled over if warranted. Great job to ALL our law enforcement for putting their lives on the line everyday.
jus mee

Irvine, CA

#7 Mar 18, 2010
I know first hand; most of these folks produce only mexico drivers license, which is not valid. and have zero insurance. They really don't care, that's why they have 8 cars per household, seriously.
They look at in in a different way; buy a cheap car and drive it till it gets taken away, then get another. It seems to work for them. really pisses me off. Nothing scarier than these folks driving behind me slightly drunk, slightly stupid, with retarded blue headlights. If there's an accident it's time for the ol' "me no speeky" routine. WTF
Jim

Whittier, CA

#8 Mar 18, 2010
Yep. They are abusing the rights of drivers. DUI, yep bust em. No license, I don't think it is right unless the license is revoked for a valid reason. That can be checked almost instantly.
These clowns are using the check points to make money. Get em aclu.
Deb

Whittier, CA

#9 Mar 18, 2010
I completely agree to these check points. Not only for the safety of the public from drunk drivers but also from unlicensed and uninsured drivers who have no right to be on the road. My theory is if I can insure 3 vehicles and 2 motorcycles to make sure my husband and I are taken care of and abiding the law, everyone else needs to insure what they drive as well. If you can't afford it, find another way to get where you are going.
Friend

Pasadena, CA

#10 Mar 18, 2010
A better idea would be to post police outside bars with names like "El Cholo", "Chinga Tu Madre", "Una Mas Cerveza Por Favor" and "Los Pendejos Grandes", and nab the drunks before they get in their cars.
dds

Whittier, CA

#11 Mar 18, 2010
most of these mexican's are driving around with no insurance or drivers liscences'! they should have both DUI and driver's liscence check points!
Martina McSorley

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Mar 18, 2010
If you get a moving violation - say, imcomplete lling stop at a stop sign or right turn, or failing to signal a lane change - those citations are currently running about $400 when all is said and done. Perhaps more like $500 if you add in traffic school.

Don't have 500 bucks, and can't get the judge to reduce the amount or work out time payments? Ta daaa - your license can be suspended for failure to pay. Now, your car is liable to impound if you are stopped at a checkpoint - even if you have not committed any further violations. Talk about trying to get blood from a stone.

Add in 4th Amendment concerns, the financial conflicts of interest that arise, and the external costs imposed on travelers (sitting in checkpoint queues wastes time and gas) and you gotta wonder if it's worth it to run these things.
JEM

Yermo, CA

#13 Mar 18, 2010
Of course a mexican would think that it is abusing their civil rights to take away their car for driving without a drivers license. They all drive without a drivers license. Keep the check points up for whatever reason.
Gil

Reseda, CA

#14 Mar 18, 2010
An invalid license is not a reason to impound a vehicle? So a person that does not meet the minimum requirements to drive a car should be allowed to drive a car? Please, people need to start taking responsibility for their actions and we need to stop making excuses for other people. If you are suggesting that all illegal immigrants or us citizens should be allowed to drive without a valid license then you need to rethink your logic.
Andy Levinson

Granada Hills, CA

#15 Mar 18, 2010
What a rip off
Chris

Temecula, CA

#16 Mar 18, 2010
I applaud the officers for doing their job. Why does it always have to be about violating someones rights? If your not following the law by not having a registered vehicle or license, then you should not be driving on the road. We all struggle to pay insurance and registration fees, why doesn't anybody ever come out and defend law abiding citizens? KEEP THE CHECKPOINTS FOR WHATEVER REASON!!
Had Enough

Buena Park, CA

#17 Mar 18, 2010
Sheriff Joe wrote:
Here's an idea. Obtain a driver's license before driving a car. Maybe once in a while......OBEY THE LAW. If these unlicensed drivers get in a accident, who pays the damage? You & I.......the responsible ones!!
Sheriff Joe....Well said. I just renewed my auto policy and half of the premium is not for liability or collision: it is for uninsured, unlicensed drivers.
I am tired of paying the freight for these low life free-loaders!!
Had Enough

Buena Park, CA

#18 Mar 18, 2010
John wrote:
Wish we had more such checkpoints operating at the same time. Maybe it would deter some illegals. Why is it that for law-abiding citizens "driving is a privilege, not a right", but try impounding an illegal immigrant's car and "you are taking away their RIGHT to drive"?
John, all I can say is if an illegal immigrant is driving without a license (and probably without insurance), they SHOULD have their car impounded AND be sent back to whatever country they are from.
Had Enough

Buena Park, CA

#19 Mar 18, 2010
Sheriff Joe wrote:
Here's an idea. Obtain a driver's license before driving a car. Maybe once in a while......OBEY THE LAW. If these unlicensed drivers get in a accident, who pays the damage? You & I.......the responsible ones!!
Amen! I just renewed my car insurance and over half of the premium was for uninsured and probably unlicensed drivers.

Enough is enough.
Allen

Highland, CA

#20 Mar 18, 2010
violation of rights....who cares. No license you should'nt be driving. Also you can't get insurance without a license.
Enough Already

Buena Park, CA

#21 Mar 18, 2010
JEM wrote:
Of course a mexican would think that it is abusing their civil rights to take away their car for driving without a drivers license. They all drive without a drivers license. Keep the check points up for whatever reason.
I agree. I am tired of paying the freight for these low life free-loaders.

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