DUI Checkpoints

By: Leslie Barrett Email
By: Leslie Barrett Email

There was one DUI checkpoint in Wood County Friday night and another scheduled for Saturday night.

Sheriff Jeff Sandy said more than 240 people went through the latest DUI checkpoint on West Virginia Route 14 Elizabeth Pike last night in Mineral Wells and no one was arrested for driving under the influence.

Sheriff Sandy said this is part of the trend they are seeing of less drunk driving arrests.

Wood County Sheriff's officers report DUI arrests were down 50 percent last year.

In Vienna Saturday night police are having a DUI checkpoint on Rosemar Road at Park Drive from 10 p.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday.

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  • by calcheckpoint on Jun 18, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    "We should never drink and drive, but I still like to know where checkpoints will be in Orange County, San Diego, and LA. I may use calcheckpoint (www.twitter.com/calcheckpoint) to find out where they are."
  • by wvtaxpayer Location: parkersburg on May 9, 2010 at 04:05 PM
    Oh, just one more thing,if I may?? Every single road block Ive ever seen, had what Id refer to as a chase car staged for people turning away from the road block or using the so called escape route. So REALLY ,the road block is another grand scam. I seen one very recently and turned off because I didnt want to be bothered and figured they'd have someone waiting on the escape route , well they did have someone . Too bad though , they already had someone pulled over for doing the same thing Id did i THINK. I wasnt drinking or anything wrong at all. I couldnt say why the other car was pulled over but its not a rocket science.Ive seen this before ,we all have! Drunks dont need another advicate and Im not being one for them. Heck ,WV is doing fine job at that anyway,they recently lowered the sentence for 1st offense DIDNT THEY?? So ,why are they still harrassing regular people with military style road blocks. ANSWER ? Id say one or all of the SEVEN DEADLY SINS !!!
  • by wvtaxpayer Location: Parkersburg on May 9, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    Well, the weekend is over and Im curious ??? How many DUI drivers were caught in the checkpoints?? Where is the news , whats the answer? Also ,how many people who were just driving home from work or somewhere else were stopped and treated like criminals for doing nothing? Yes, by the way the LAW DOES require an escape route but this isnt always the case ,this is one reason why the police always lose IF someone hires a lawyer and fights the charge. People , you just dont get it. Its a win win situation for the police and the politics , they dont care if they win in court ,they get overtime and grant money and thats all that matters. And we pay for it! I know an Officer who brags that he built his personal home on money he made from overtime related to dui arrests. I guess depending on how you look at it thats good , but it might be bad too! I guess it depends on his conviction rate? I still think roadblocks are for a military state's only and they violate our rights!
  • by Anonymous Location: Mineral Wells on May 6, 2010 at 10:16 PM
    I have to disagree with the people stating that there is always "an escape route" I live in Mineral Wells and there is no way around the check point..I think it is fine because I don't drink and drive just stating that I have went through them there several times and there is no way to get around it once you see it. I don't think they should be announced or have an "escape route" but the sue happy people and lawyers have found a way to get it entrapment if they don't do it that way. To me there is no point in wasting the man hours and money when people who make a habit of drinking and driving watch the paper for them to be announced and bartenders announce them as well for those who didn't already know.
  • by Derek Location: Parkersburg on May 2, 2010 at 11:54 PM
    I think that DUI checkpoints should be done more often. They would also be more effective if newspapers didn't tell the day, location, and time the checkpoints were taking place.
  • by matt Location: pkbg on May 2, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    No DUI's are down because most people are smart enough to say home and drink now because anyone who drinks know someone who's livly hood or life has been taken away by a DUI! Talk to any beer delivery driver and they can tell you they sell the most beer to grocery stores,gas stations and drive-thru's were 10 yrs ago it was the bars that bought the most. So most people who drink get it and stay were they are now rather than taking the chance of loosing there driving privleges. So all you Betty better than thou's can feel safe to drive with no fear of a DRUNK being on the road with you....so eat your pain pills and nerve pills and drive around in half comas being assured we the drunks aren't out there!
  • by CJ Location: Vienna on May 2, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    I agree w/ Anonymous, TOO MUCH POLITICS! Why must you announce a DUI check? Pointless! Drunk driver's don't announce to us before they crash and hurt or kill someone, EXAMPLE, last week State Police Cpl Pringle...
  • by rolando Location: parkersburg on May 2, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    I think they should have cell phone checkpoints. I seem to get beside the same woman every night on my way home from work. She drives down Murdoch swerving in both lanes with that cell phone infront of her just texting away.
  • by wvredneck Location: parkersburg on May 2, 2010 at 11:29 AM
    Yea, well just be careful giving up your rights because once they're gone they wont come back. Whens the last time we were given anything ? NEVER ! Take ,take ,take and in the sake of our own safety ,right ! When does it stop? When does our right to freedom kick in ? People are so ''one thought at a time'' and never think about the whole picture. Yea, we need to arrest DUI drivers. We also need to keep weapons out of areas with people. So doesn that mean we hand search everyone before they enter? It wouldnt suprise me. This country is becoming less and less free and so full of laws its getting out of hand. I dont feel pity for any Officer for just doing his/her choosen profession. I do feel for Officers who are hurt while doing their job and fired for having a Tatoo on their arm when they were hired and then later fired for it like Former Wood County Deputy Piggott. Who I might add is a vet. and served two tours in Iraq, you know the war we just had to go to, for reasons unknown.Humm?
  • by wvredneck Location: Parkersburg on May 2, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    Dui checkpoints regulations, are determined by law. Again, people do have rights, believe it or not. At least some rights are left. If, I dont want to be harrassed or stopped I should have the right to avoid a checkpoint . Some people do work and have emergencies and should have the right to avoid a checkpoint if Its known where it is. People are so easy to give up their rights ,just to make a new law! Why? Every day people want a new law,yet they say they want to be free ,whats the deal people of the free world? Most drunks dont know about the checkpoints at all, but there is a ''secrete'' reason PPD hasnt really been doing checkpoints often, its because they almost always lose the case when it goes to court due to some tech. mistake,they made. Im not taking up for DUI drivers , I lost a family member from a dui driver.Sadly ,its all about money AGAIN, the police get money to do checkpoints and its overtime for most officers and revenue for the city, thats the bottom line. FREE-DOM ?
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