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Oceanside police officers were surprised on the evening of June 6, after they set up a DUI checkpoint and no derelict drivers showed. Over a four-hour period starting at 9:30 p.m., on Oceanside Boulevard at Vine Street, officers interacted with 335 motorists. Not one was arrested for DUI.

“It’s the first time it’s ever happened.” said department spokesperson Lt. Cosby.

Officers also reported an increase of intoxicated persons coming through the checkpoint with a designated driver or in a taxi. 


Of the motorists that were asked to take a field sobriety test, all passed. The checkpoint was not a waste of time, however, as officers cited 16 motorists, generally for seatbelt, cell-phone, or child-seat violations.

Additionally, seven vehicles were seized and towed, for driving on a suspended license, never having been issued a valid license, or past-due vehicle registration. Impoundment is required for 30 days.

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CaptainObvious June 21, 2014 @ 9:29 a.m.

You can get a "dui checkpoint" app for your phone. Why are they surprised? Perhaps it's time to stop announcing checkpoints.

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jnojr June 23, 2014 @ 2:59 p.m.

It's time to stop having them. Stopping people with no reasonable suspicion, let alone probable cause, for the sole purpose of having them show their papers and try to find a way to lock them in a cage is distinctly un-American.

It's been a long time since I've been through a mobile Checkpoint Charlie, but I do not volunteer anything. "Am I being detained, or am I free to go?"

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Ken Harrison June 24, 2014 @ 7:53 a.m.

The last DUI check point I went thru, it took all of 5 seconds. Cops can determine if there is a need for additional questions in that time frame. And unlike TSA or border patrol in the desert, they don't check everyone, the courts require it be random checking, like every 5th car, that it be publicized so no one can claim entrapment, and that there always be an "out", as in one can make a right turn just before the check point, if they are sober enough to see that. I did a story a few years ago at an accident scene where 3 drivers where arrested for DUI when they couldn't follow simple directions by CHP, upon driving up to the closed road, in simply making a U-turn. So in the meantime keep posting your "No Questions, Am I free to go" videos. They are hilarious.

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Ponzi Aug. 30, 2014 @ 1:01 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision (divided) requires that sobriety checkpoints be announced in advance. They do not have to share the exact location, but agencies must announce when a sobriety checkpoint is going to be conducted. If law enforcement does not follow the rules, all of the cases arising from an illegally conducted checkpoint can be challenged and thrown out.

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Ponzi Aug. 30, 2014 @ 12:57 p.m.

Many law enforcement agencies are also asking for drivers licenses, registration and insurance.

Police do not have the right, per se, to check driver's licenses or registrations when the stop is not initiated by a violation. However, where the police have a reasonable suspicion of illegal conduct, even though there is not actual violation of the law they may examine drivers' licenses or registration.

Secondly, distracted driving is now the leading cause of vehicle accidents. This includes, but is not limited to, texting, talking on cell phones, interacting with GPS devices, computer pad, smartphones and other entertainment devices.

Of course conducting a checkpoint for distracted driving is not going to have the results that agencies want. They want to impound cars, of which they share the fees collected. They want to feed the DUI criminal justice machine. And the best of all, checkpoints usually involve overtime pay and easy work.

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