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DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for Saturday Night

The BHPD will be looking out for impaired drivers and checking people's licenses at La Cienega Boulevard and Gregory Way.

The is conducting an DUI sobriety/drivers license checkpoint on southbound La Cienega Boulevard at Gregory Way from 8 p.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday.

When operating a checkpoint, officers cone off a lane of traffic and typically stop three cars at a time at 15-car intervals. The number of cars stopped may vary based on how busy the roads are.

If you have any questions regarding DUI sobriety/drivers license checkpoints or any other traffic safety issue, please contact the BHPD Traffic Bureau at 310-285-2196.

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PM August 26, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Can someone explain what the logic is of WARNING drivers about check points? Isn't the point to actually catch drunk drivers rather then warn them?
Timber August 26, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Ingersoll v. Palmer (1987) Advance publicity is important to the maintenance of a constitutionally permissible sobriety checkpoint. Publicity both reduces the intrusiveness of the stop and increases the deterrent effect of the roadblock. The concurring opinion in State ex rel. Ekstrom v. Justice Ct. of State, supra, 663 P.2d 992, at page 1001 explained the value of advance publicity: "Such publicity would warn those using the highways that they might expect to find roadblocks designed to check for sobriety; the warning may well decrease the chance of apprehending 'ordinary' criminals, but should certainly have a considerable deterring effect by either dissuading people from taking 'one more for the road,' persuading them to drink at home, or inducing them to take taxicabs. Any one of these goals, if achieved, would have the salutary effect of interfering with the lethal combination of alcohol and gasoline. Advance notice would limit intrusion upon personal dignity and security because those being stopped would anticipate and understand what was happening." (663 P.2d 992, 1001, conc. opn. Feldman, J.; see also State v. Deskins, supra, 673 P.2d 1174, 1182.)
Timber August 26, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Detecting drunk drivers at a checkpoint is based on an initial Q & A session hoping the motorist will voluntarily admit to the act so the officer can investigate further and obtain evidence for court. This is essentially inviting the people to come to a confessional. Traditional detection of a potential DUI operator required officers to employ the observation of one or several behavioral driving cue's developed by the NHTSA related to drunk driving. Instead, the hope is that a highly focalized show of police detaining many innocent people without suspicion will stamp out drunk driving. What disturbs me the most is that the people believe roadblock will somehow eradicate drunk driving. This is known as 'delusional'.
PM August 26, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Well if this is all the case - why don't they just send out a list of the roadblock locations and not actually make any checkpoints - what an inane use of the law - let's put out the location of the check points so people can avoid them.
Timber August 26, 2012 at 07:28 PM
PM, what you are alluding to is actually one of the eight prescribed indicia necessary for a roadblock to be Constitutional. You may be unaware that you are possibly advocating for UnConstitutional roadblocks in our country. I hope this gives you pause to reevaluate your thought processes.

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