DUI Checkpoint in Menifee Scheduled For New Years Day

The Menifee Police Department is planning to run a DUI checkpoint in the city on January 1, 2011, as part of a holiday-long effort to keep d...

The Menifee Police Department is planning to run a DUI checkpoint in the city on January 1, 2011, as part of a holiday-long effort to keep drunk drivers off the road.

The location of the checkpoint has not been released, and the Department does not yet know what time it will run.

"After hearing about the dangers of drinking and driving time after time, most people have gotten the message that if they’re planning on drinking, they should always plan a safe way home," said Sergeant Lingo of Menifee Police Department. "But sadly, millions of Americans still think they are invincible and regularly choose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink."

The department also went on to advise parents to take note that young males are at particularly high risk, with nearly one-quarter admitting to riding with someone who should not have been behind the wheel in the past year.

During last year's two-and-a-half-week Winter Holiday campaign, 36 Californians were killed in crashes statewide with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher and another 1,168 were injured in alcohol involved wrecks.

Funding for Menifee's DUI operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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  1. Keeping and getting drunk drivers off the streets is a good thing. Asking to see your papers is fascism. DUI checkpoints (even that word is "loaded") should stick to checking for DUIs, not checking registration, insurance, etc.

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  2. Yes, I agree with Dave. Last year the police were conducting a checkpoint on Scott Rd., just south of Briggs. I'm a school bus driver for Huntington Beach Union HS District and was returning home from a late night Band competition, it was around 1 AM and I was stopped and asked to show my license. The officer took several minutes to stare at my license and I was beginning to think he was going to make me get out of my car. It was uncomfortable and unnecessary! Asking me a few simple questions; ie. "where are you coming from" and "where are you going" would be sufficient to determine if someone has been drinking.

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  3. I don't drink. This is a violation of my rights. No probale cause to stop me and should be considered an illegal search. They should pull people over when there is probable cause and make the consequences much more sever for getting caught instead of wasting my time and violating my rights.

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  4. Violation of your rights?? Are you serious? People driving while drunk and/or doesn't have a license or proof of insurance should be arrested or have their cars towed. I have the right to make sure everyone driving out there among me is capable and is legal just like I am. These check points prove how many people shouldn't be driving. I don't mind being stopped, I have no problem with it and if you do, maybe you should stop driving period!

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  5. It's not a violation of your rights. You should know what your rights are. Try this U.S Supreme Court decision for starters: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Dept._of_State_Police_v._Sitz

    ....and yes, even though the case began in Michigan, when the Supreme Court makes a decision, it is valid for the entire country.

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  6. You are entitled to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness so long as you dont intrude upon other's rights to do the same, YOU dont have the right to make sure everyone is capable and legal, to make this assumption puts you above the law, and you are not.

    DUI checkpoints are more than acceptable, checking for anything other than DUIs is not. IF the case in the supreme court allows the demand for papers such as license, insurance and registration then they should be Checkpoints, not "DUI" checkpoints. by calling it a DUI checkpoint we have the right to refuse to give up documentation, because all they are checking is if we are DUI.

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