Florida and Georgia Authorities to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints

By: Florida Highway Patrol Email
By: Florida Highway Patrol Email

Gadsden County, FL -- May 22, 2012

The Florida Highway Patrol along with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Havana Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol, Decatur County Georgia Sheriff’s Office and the Grady County Georgia Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a Comprehensive Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint (CRSC) within Troop H, on Friday, May 25, 2012. The checkpoint will be conducted in the northbound side of US 27 at the Florida/Georgia Line in Gadsden County, Florida, 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM, May 25, 2012. The Georgia agencies will conduct their checkpoint on the southbound side of US 27 in Georgia.

This is a continuing enforcement program to identify persons who are operating a motor vehicle with defective equipment, without a valid driver's license, without a proper vehicle registration, proper insurance or while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

During 2010, the latest year statewide statistics are available, 794 motorists were killed and another 12,168 injured in 17748 alcohol-related crashes in Florida. In 2010, Gadsden County experienced 69 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 2 deaths and 62 injuries. Checkpoints have proven to reduce the number of DUI drivers on our highways.

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  • by Tallahassee resident Location: Tallahassee on May 26, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    My parents coming into town got stopped by this. They were also taking pictures of all those who were stopped. Why? Makes no sense if they were just checking for equipment, DL, registration, ins, etc. Anyone have any idea why they would be taking pics also?
  • by Thomas on May 25, 2012 at 06:09 AM
    This makes no sense at all Leon County Sheriff's Office needs new leadership. Why would you set up a road block in the middle of nowhere. This is a waste of time a tax payer money.
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 01:05 PM
    No Consent look it up and have a phone with a camera
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    Does anyone know if Troop H has any Georgia Authorities in it? Seems like it would be made up of only Florida Authorities.
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 01:20 PM in reply to
      Ya think?
  • by really Location: tallahassee on May 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM
    Why is the word Sobriety used when the story then goes on to point out it is part of a government checkpoint and shakedown. They have checkpoints like this on the Ghaza strip and in Iraq.I would not cooperate with those cops. This is a government road block. Its got no business being in a free country. Take this garbage to North Korea. These cops need to read to constitution and decide if they are gonna be a friend or an enemy. Dumb people will say this is about drunk drivers, Its not. That's an excuse and they fall for it .
  • by IID Location: florida on May 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM
    I work with people that have been caught for DUI...you would be surprised how many times people drive drunk before they are actually caught....we need more check points more often.
  • by Honest Location: Gadsden on May 23, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    These are not to catch DUI drivers. These areto catch migrant workers. Law Enforcement is now taking over immigration issues. Tallahassee is the 8th most dangerous city in America. LCSO has one of the highest fatality rates in the state in unincorporated areas, and this is why because this is how we spend our time and tax dollars on DUI checkpoints checking faulty equipment.
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      by Dishonest on May 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM in reply to Honest
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 10:41 AM in reply to Honest
      When did Migrant workers start driving?
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 07:25 PM in reply to Honest
      I AGREE with you! Moe check points more often!
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 05:02 AM
    Casey Anthony!!!
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      by SnapDragon on May 23, 2012 at 08:59 AM in reply to
      I thought the same thing....
  • by Kimberlee Location: Buckhead on May 23, 2012 at 03:51 AM
    Why not change the law and allow these check points to be closer to places that serve the drinks instead of out in the middle of nowhere. If you are going to get serious start at the obvious.
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      by Tallahassee on May 23, 2012 at 07:44 AM in reply to Kimberlee
      Yeah, i don't know what the point is in checking the few folks that cross the state line. It'd serve a better purpose somewhere around lake Jackson/Fred George rd area, but i know that's not "Gadsden county". Seems pointless(almost as pointless as announcing these) to be so far away, only bars in that area really is the Havana Hobbit & The Corner Bar.
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        by Ryan on May 23, 2012 at 08:51 AM in reply to Tallahassee
        Florida law requires that they announce roadblocks ahead of time.
  • by Ryan Location: Tally on May 23, 2012 at 03:31 AM
    Your papers, citizen! This is for your safety! Mach schnell!
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 06:16 AM in reply to Ryan
      That's right! The law has no business keeping me from driving after drinking myself into oblivion.
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        by Ryan on May 23, 2012 at 08:50 AM in reply to
        I think drunk driving is an abominable crime. I have a little girl, and the thought of intoxicated drivers careening about and possibly injuring her is infuriating. All that said, the police have NO business conducting roadblocks. "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
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        by Um, no. on May 23, 2012 at 09:06 AM in reply to
        It has business keeping you from killing someone else.
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