TPD Posting Sobriety and Safety Checkpoints

By: TPD Release
By: TPD Release

Tallahassee, Florida - December 20, 2011 -

This evening, the Tallahassee Police Department will be hosting two safety checkpoints in the Tallahassee area. The first checkpoint will run from 9:00pm to 10:00pm and will be in the 2500 block of Hartsfield Road. The second one will be at the intersection of San Luis Road and San Pedro Avenue. The second checkpoint will run from 11:00pm until 12:30am.

The purpose of the checkpoints are to detect drivers who are too impaired to operate a motor vehicle, detect vehicles with faulty equipment, and those operating a vehicle without a driver’s license.

The checkpoints will be well marked by signage, marked patrol vehicles, and uniformed officers. The checkpoints are designed to have a minimal impact on traffic flow and to save lives.

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  • by Hector on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:25 AM
    They aren't Nazi checkpoints. If it takes a drunk driver off the road like the one that killed my wife then so be it. We live with more freedom than any other nation on this planet. The paranoid clown that keeps commenting needs to go vacation in Tehran.
  • by tj Location: southside on Dec 21, 2011 at 04:18 AM
    Why do they seem to avoid the southside? We have impaired drivers and unsafe vehicles down here too. Why not post closer to the covenience stores and bars, why not set them up when college students are here and thumbing their noses at us while they drink and drive?
  • by I Do Not Consent on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:20 PM
    Dirty road pirates with badges. Without probable cause tell the officer you do not consent and wish to be on your way. Ask if they have witnessed you breaking a law and if so what law, ask if you are being detained and if not ask if you are free to go. These Nazi check points do very little to stop the loan wolf drunk and impaired drivers and do more to acclimate you and your children to giving away your rights as free men and women. Do not consent to giving away your 4th to these Corporate flunkies. They will claim they are doing it for your kids and your safety, they will claim they are just doing their job, thats the same thing the Nazi troopers said, "we were just doing what we were told". Our officers should refuse to do these check points, they are clearly a violation of our Constitutional rights and any officer assigned to these Nazi check points asking citizens for their papers without a warrant and probable cause that truly believes they are just following orders need to look no further than the 4th amendment and to look no further than the oath they swore to become officers. Get a Job Florida.
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      by Tally on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:06 PM in reply to I Do Not Consent
      If you don't consent then turn in your friggin drivers license and walk!
  • by JW Location: Tallahassee on Dec 20, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    If you had lost a loved one because of a drunk driver maybe you'd see this differently!
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      by What if on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:24 PM in reply to JW
      What If I lost a loved one to a police chase, or a bee sting, does that justify anyone stomping on our rights? If a judge sent an innocent man to death row does that mean all judges are wrong? Your flawed since of logic has no justice in it's tone.
  • by HUH!!! on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    You know what, why not do safety checkpoints 24 hrs a day 365 days a year? Kinda figured the purpose of safety/police. Betcha within these times thier are always drunk drivers and speeders on roads
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Dec 20, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    I want to help you all with a trick I use at these checkpoints: Cover up your open beer with a towel or something, and when the officer comes to your window, roll it down, and say,"I'm glad you guys have set up this checkpoint thingy, because there is a drunk guy behind me. I'll just pull forward, out of the way, so you can nail em'." Then roll your window back up and hit the gas......
  • by amazed on Dec 20, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    Actually. These type of stops are 100% completely Unconstitutional. Regardless of if they post it. What part of "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall NOT be violated..." do they not understand. Well the 4th amendment and the entire Constitution has been shredded since Obama signed that law allowing for the indefinite detention of citizens .
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      by Jim on Dec 20, 2011 at 03:29 PM in reply to amazed
      New flash: This has been going on since the beginning of time. It has nothing to do with Obama. It's called a "safety checkpoint" and this practice was upheld by the US Supreme Court many years ago (a Supreme Court made up primarily of Reagan appointees, I might add).... do your research, Sparky.
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        by Umm Jim on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:30 PM in reply to Jim
        Just because it's been happening for all these years doesnt mean it's right, it just means that the average joe shmoe does have a clue as to how to envoke their rights and have been consenting to give them up. Know your rights people, Do not consent to any conversation with these road pirates. Ask to see the warrant. Tell them unless they have witnessed you committing a crime then you are free to leave. No wonder so many people dont like our paid law enforcement officers. These Nazi paper checks catch very few impaired drivers in relation to the dui patrols that are very productive. This is just a show of force and a testing ground for new storm troopers, teaching the greenhorns how to corral the sheep into submission, into giving away their consent and their rights. You have no rights unless you invoke them.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to amazed
      What does the right to privacy and being secure have to do with you driving a car on a road that I (taxes) paid for. I want to make sure that your car meets safety standards. I believe that your right to privacy can not override my right to drive on a tax paid and maintained road safely.
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        by I Do Not Consent on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:32 PM in reply to
        I paid my taxes too, I do not consent to your storm troopers poking their noses around my private property, the same vehicle I pay taxes on and keep my papers in order because I've signed the title over to the state when I bought it and agreed to abide by their stupid rules, even though I have no Constitutional requirement to do so.
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      by Tally on Dec 20, 2011 at 08:00 PM in reply to amazed
      Uhhhmmm, yeah. But you are forgetting . . . . driving your car on public maintained streets and highways puts you within the rights of public safety officials to make sure you are within the law.
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        by no on Dec 21, 2011 at 02:01 AM in reply to Tally
        In the U.S. the govt. cannot harass, pursue, or detain you without probable cause. the checkpoint detains u.s. citizens, who have done nothing wrong, and it intrudes upon their privacy and right to travel on public roads that they too paid for with no probable cause or suspicion to believe a law was broken. That is a police state, folks.
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          by Tally on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:03 PM in reply to no
          No, it is not. A checkpoint does not detain those who do not show probable cause to check further. Those that are get pulled aside and checked by another group of officers. Those who show no probable cause are allowed to pass without detention.
  • by HP Location: Florida on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    DM: The type of advance notice to the public, if any, is one of the factors a court will look at when considering the Constitutionality of DUI roadblock. The courts encourage advance notice.
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      by DM on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:42 AM in reply to HP
      Is 2 hours prior to road block considered advanced notification?? :)
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Yes they have to post it its the law
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Thanks WCTV. I know not where to drive this evening.
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      by Tally on Dec 20, 2011 at 07:59 PM in reply to
      As long as you aren't driving drunk or impaired why would this worry you?
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