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updated: Feb 24, 2013, 8:54 PM

DUI Checkpoint results for Santa Maria.

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 COMMENT 378326P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 07:29 AM

Six hours and no DUI arrests. The cost of police overtime for these ineffective checkpoints has really gotten to be a serious financial crime against local governments. It's blatantly obvious that cops are wasting money to justify .an increased future budget


 COMMENT 378330 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 07:45 AM

There used to be something called the 4th amendment which protected you from unreasonable searched and seizures of your property and your person... We used to make fun of the Communists and their "Papers please"... now we pay cops overtime to hassle and harass, we gave up our liberty for an inkling of security... and now we have neither.


 COMMENT 378373 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 08:59 AM

Ditto 330. Younger generations are being conditioned to accept a militeristic police force and it feels wrong not to go along with all the feel good invasions of privacy in the guise of security. A product of overpopulation and some other factors.I had a policeman in the north county say once"I want to meet everyone in this town personally". In other words "Papers please".


 COMMENT 378377P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 09:05 AM

Once again, an 8 hour checkpoint with NO arrests for DUI. How much longer are we going to let the police waste our money on these ineffective things?


 COMMENT 378386 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 09:18 AM

DUI's have increased sharply in this county - accidents involving drunk drivers are also on the rise - they can have these check points every day as far as I'm concerned - if all they net is unlicensed drivers (who do not have insurance-you cannot get insurance without a drivers license) then so be it.


 COMMENT 378410P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 09:59 AM

They ought to have gang checkpoints. There have been more injuries and deaths from gangs in this town lately than from drunk drivers!


 COMMENT 378527 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 01:04 PM

386: Step back from the computer and take a deep breath.

In the 2011/2012 holiday period the "Avoid the 12" program arrested 154 drunk/drug impaired drivers.

In the same period for 2012/213, they same group over the same time frame only arrested 147.

That's a _decrease_.


 COMMENT 378532 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 01:14 PM

527 - this is 386 - I'm not talking from nothing here - I drive an ambulance for a living - Avoid The 12 stats are just for that enforcement program. The overall stats have increased especially for ones resulting in injury and death. The head-on on the freeway near Tpk where both drivers were drunk, the over-the-side near Mariposa (over 300 feet onto the beach) - there are many more. I never kid myself as I transport the drunk ones and their victims to the ER. You can't spend enough to stop it.


 COMMENT 378576 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 03:11 PM

527, they arrested these people by driving around, not a DUI checkpoints. When they were driving around, they were getting paid an ordinary salary, not time and a half like they get at the checkpoints. The should call these road blocks unlicensed and uninsured driver checkpoints, because that's all they catch.

What amazes me is that our governments say they are out of money but they are still sending our tax dollars to the police in the form of grants to pay their overtime. Great for the police as their paychecks and pensions go up and up and up. Maybe this sequester will finally stop the grants?


 COMMENT 378594 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-25 04:11 PM

Saturation patrols are much more effective than these checkpoints and they don't violate our constitutional rights unless you're being harassed by a rogue cop. The time has come to stop wasting taxpayer dollars!


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