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Drunk drivers beware

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Indiana State Police officers will conduct a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint in Putnam County on Friday, Aug. 1. It will operate late Friday evening and early Saturday morning.

Officers will be looking for impaired, intoxicated and underage drinking drivers.

If you are stopped at the checkpoint, drivers are asked to have their license and registration ready to show officers. Motorists who are not in violation will only be detained a few minutes.

"The State Police area committed on removing intoxicated and impaired drivers from Indiana's roadways. We will be assigning extra officers to work the detail and also have a mobile saturation patrol I the area in the event someone attempts to elude the checkpoint," said Sergeant Cory Robinson.

To report an impaired driver, contact your local law enforcement agency or dial 911.

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These checkpoints are surprisingly effective. Nothing wrong with this picture, presenting proper registration for vehicles on our roads is mandatory, and a DL check can reveal outstanding warrants. Many felons are caught in routine traffic stops, and checkpoints are a fair warning for people who practice drinking and driving.

-- Posted by Xgamer on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 5:34 AM

Since the checkpoints are not a problem with me for many reasons. I kinda like the idea of maybe eliminating a death or serious injury by checking. Be it a family member, friend or other. If someone is driving without a license or insurance that is against the law...Hello people.

-- Posted by bearcat on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 8:04 AM

HOLY CRAP..now people have a problem with getting drunk drivers off the road??!!!

As far as I am concerned the only people that would have a problem with a DUI checkpoint are people that have a habit of drinking and driving. Otherwise why would ANYONE object to getting drunk drivers off the street? They check for license and registration to make sure you are driving legally, And if they happen to catch a few people driving without a registration or license during the DUI checkpoints..Bonus for them. The first thing they ask for are both lic. and reg. anytime they pull someone over, they don't wait to see if your drunk first. If you are worried about being caught then, here is an idea, DON'T DO ANYTHING WRONG!!!! They would have one every weekend if it were up to me!! I like to feel safe driving my family around especially after dark! Ask the young lady's family that just lost their pregnant daughter to a drunk driver while driving home from her nightshift at Riley Hopsital, how they feel about DUI checkpoints!

Give me a break!

-- Posted by just-me08 on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 4:34 PM

I have a little problem with "road blocks" since they are a direct violation of the U.S. constitution. Most of you are not aware this,do not understand, or do not care. Educate yourself!

-- Posted by Harmony Church on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 4:51 PM

LOL Harmony..well what about my rights to be able to drive down the road with my children or come home from work or a cookout without having to worry that some moron had too much to drink and decided to get behind the wheel? I guess someone's "rights" have to be violated and I think my right to drive safely should come first. Are you honestly saying you believe that someone's right to drive drunk and not be pulled over bc the Constitution says that police can't just stop someone and conduct an investigation unless there are "articulable facts" indicating possible criminal activity, should have precendence over my right to drive my family around safely? RIDICULOUS?? I am educated on what the constitution says but You are right about one thing..I don't care about the rights of drunk drivers or any other illegal drivers..no matter what the constitution says. They have given fair warning and posted in the newspaper that they are doing it. Which is more than I think they should do. It is so funny how the lawbreakers of the world always find some "right" they have to whine about so they can keep on breaking the law and not get caught.

-- Posted by just-me08 on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 8:20 PM

Harmony, if the police want to set up "roadblocks", they can. But you didn't read or understand what the article was saying. They said "checkpoints". There is a difference and besides, its not violating your constitutional rights.

-- Posted by MarkC on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 9:37 PM

They also give you warning. It is in the paper and there are signs plenty of time in advance to turn around. How about play it smart and if you can not keep from drinking one day, just stay home.

The paper runs how the check points do every year and they usually get a few with warrants out. They have even cited someone who doesn't have a child buckled correctly. It is for all of our safety.

-- Posted by mad-mom on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 8:48 AM

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