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August 31, 2014

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Metro plans weekend DUI checkpoint in eastern valley

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Metro Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road.

The checkpoint will focus on identifying drug- and alcohol-impaired drivers, police said. Authorities said they selected the area because of its high number of accidents and because prior DUI checkpoints in the area have resulted in several DUI arrests.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 7 percent of all traffic accidents involve alcohol, police said.

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  1. Great job Metro! I just hope the drunks don't read the paper. As a non drinker (of alchohol that is, I still consume a diet Coke now and then), I never have a problem with the short delays caused by the checkpoints. I know others will disagree with me.

  2. I wish we didn't continue wasting money on roadblocks.

    Saturation patrols are more effective at catching drunks, they're cheaper, they put officers in a position to respond to emergencies (versus being stuck at a checkpoint), and they don't stop innocent people for interrogation.

    What exactly is the downside? It's not a "pro drunk" versus "anti drunk" question. I'm all for catching drunk drivers and imposing maximum penalties... So why don't we use the most effective method available to keep our roads the safest?

  3. Tim,

    You have research and facts to back up your ideas?

    Since you have all this knowledge and know better then the powers to be why are you not running for their job?

    ;-)

  4. I, too, am all for stopping impaired drivers. That said...
    "According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 7 percent of all traffic accidents involve alcohol, police said."
    7 percent. That means that 93 percent do NOT involve alcohol. While we are putting so much effort into trying to stem 7 percent of the problem, would it be unreasonable to ask what steps are being taken to address the cause(s) of the overwhelming 93 percent?
    May I suggest Literacy checkpoints, to make sure that drivers are capable of reading traffic signs?

  5. I'm guessing Metro Police don't really wish to catch anyone since this article not only tells drunk/drug drivers of the intended checkpoint, but also gives a map for the location.