I applaud Police Chief Dewayne White in regards to DWI checkpoints. Recently, 44 DWIs were issued at a checkpoint in the downtown area following an event at the River Center. In a television interview, Chief White made no apologies “for that checkpoint on that night that saved lives.”
A DWI defense attorney, representing over half of those arrested, questioned the timing and location of the checkpoint, stating the drivers were taken advantage of and because of the street’s location, they had no advance notice to exit to another street.
It was also implied that with the success of this particular checkpoint, the police just might consider doing the same thing after the local colleges’ home football games.
Major concerns came to mind when I heard this broadcast. Should drivers be given the opportunity to dodge checkpoints?
Are drunken drivers less likely to hurt themselves and/or others if they are leaving certain functions? What about the New Year’s Eve checkpoints? Are they taking advantage of drunken drivers? I support the decision Chief White made regarding that checkpoint. If the law states no drinking and driving, so be it! It does not matter when or where checkpoints are located; if they are in the business of saving lives, we need to have more of them.