In Memory: TPD Sets Up DUI Checkpoints

Tallahassee, FL -- March 14, 2012 --

Tallahassee police are cracking down on drunk drivers.

TPD Officers set up three safety checkpoints Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. The patrols are in remembrance of Cammeren Jones, a five-year-old boy who was killed by a drunk driver last year. He would have been seven this upcoming Friday.

Officer Dave Northway, says when a child dies it's devastating to the community.

"It's heart wrenching obviously,and as police officers we see tragedy on a day to day basis but to bring it home with a child," said Northway. "It's horrible because the poor children are defenseless. We as adults have to protect our children."

Officers are looking for impaired drivers, faulty equipment and drivers operating without a license.

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  • by Jess on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:25 PM
    Who sets up DUI checkpoints for the cops? Remember the Sheriff in Wakulla doing a drinking and driving hit and run and the Chief of police in a neighboring town?
  • by mark on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    To wrong is wrong. Come to Georgia with that attitude! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok pretty PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by Wrong is Wrong on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:56 AM in reply to mark
      Marky mark I travel in GA all the time, so what. Does that mean I should like their Nazi police tactics any better? Unlike you , I know the police are only human, a badge doesnt give them super human powers. Some people are just sheep going along with this power grab, accepting their lot in life, accepting that what ever the TV or the police tell them is the way. Accept that you have given up and that you have no idea what it means to be free from oppression, your rights dont come from a Government. You've been trained your whole life that they gave you rights and that they can take them away. Fall in line, do your masters bidding, obey, let them tell you what you can and cant do, have and be. Hope that works out for you and your family.
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        by Fact is... on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:15 AM in reply to Wrong is Wrong
        Your rights only go so far as my rights. Once they start to overlap, you don't get to continue. You don't have the right to do whatever you want on the road. You are subject to strict scrutiny. If you don't like it, you don't have to drive. You can take the bus, they don't get stopped at DUI checkpoints. You are making this into a much bigger issue about individual rights, and you are completely wrong about it. It's not your RIGHT to ignore or not be stopped when driving. Your driving was granted to you, and it CAN legally and rightfully so be taken away from you. Wow, you are dense!
  • by Shawn Location: Tallahassee on Mar 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM
    The police state is coming out into the open....Papers, please!
  • by Wrong is Wrong on Mar 15, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    In response to my many adoring fans, I have not been arrested, ever. I have had only limited encounters with the police. I have several vehicles that are 100% legal as am I 100% legal by these standards to drive. I do not speed or run red lights or drink and drive. I do have family/ children and have lost people I loved to drunk drivers. I am simply opposed to these nazi style check points that do very little to stop the lone wolf idiot drunk individual that may one day kill someone else I love. Some of you claim if you are doing nothing wrong then whats the problem, if I am doing nothing wrong then why should I be bothered is my stance. You so willingly give up your freedoms and it amazes me you think it's ok for these check points. You say, It's only five minutes of my time, five minutes down the road someone could be raping my wife or molesting my children or breaking into my house. Who are any of you to be the pre crime police in my life. I am not willing to so easily give up my sovereignty all in the name of what might happen. I am an innocent traveler on my way and without driving erratic or dangerous I should not ever have to be subject to these or any other random police state practices for martial law and/or as a revenue source to feed the beast that is the kangaroo traffic courts, from the very people, armed with guns, that we the people bought and paid for. Those same officers who I do appreciate, could have made a much greater impact roaming the streets and legally pulling over impaired drivers without harassing thousands of innocent citizens. It seems to me most of you dont understand what real freedom is.
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      by Dude.... on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM in reply to Wrong is Wrong
      I'm against the govt (in any form) wasting my time or money. But "what if" the drunk they "do" arrest is the one that "would have" hit your wife?
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        by Wrong is Wrong on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:48 AM in reply to Dude....
        I dont need a what if police force, whats ifs can go on and on. Free Choice. What if a deer jumps out in front of my car? so lets put up 10'0'' fences all over the place. What if I get a flat tire and flip my SUV. what if a tree falls on my car. Minority Report rings a bell.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:42 AM in reply to Wrong is Wrong
          You are a moron and you are one reason why we need police.
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          by ...sigh on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:11 AM in reply to Wrong is Wrong
          Minority Report was a movie. You do understand that right? Hollywood has a tendency to embellish when it looks good on screen. Just in case you didn't know...
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      by You're still an idiot. on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:10 AM in reply to Wrong is Wrong
      You still don't understand that driving around on the roads of the state of Florida is not a RIGHT. You do so because you are allowed to, not because it's your right as a human being. There's a huge difference, and you are entirely too ignorant to understand it. Cry me a river that you are inconvenienced. When you were stopped, did they write you a ticket? No? Then how, might I ask, did they pad their coffers with your money. They didn't? Oh. So, you're just an idiot then. Okay... if you say so. I do understand what real freedom is. To keep some of those freedoms, we have a state-run force(A.K.A., the police) that protect us from harm from people who would like to trample our right to life (i.e., drunk drivers). These checkpoints have proven effective. Do a little research already, you fear-mongering imbecile. As for driving legally and not erratically or dangerously, if that were the case, then you wouldn't be SO concerned about the 5 minutes of driving time you lost that you must rage on a forum . Seriously, it's a minor inconvenience for you, and a life saved for someone else. Be a real man and accept the fact that the world doesn't revolve around you, but we are all here together.
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        by Wrong is Wrong on Mar 16, 2012 at 09:16 AM in reply to You're still an idiot.
        You sheep are sadly amusing, Nazi check points = freedom to you? If the police really wanted to crack down on drunk drivers they would set up shop on either side of the watering holes, they dont because those watering holes pay big money to the state to sell alcohol and if their business is down then their taxes arent as high. You keep on harping about rights, you continue to believe that a state gives you rights. If youre happy with that, good for you. Hope that works out well for you and your flock of sheep you hang around with.
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          by You really are an idiot on Mar 16, 2012 at 09:32 AM in reply to Wrong is Wrong
          "Nazi Check points". If that is what checkpoints (one word) are then I will live like that. IF police really want to crack down on drunk drivers? You really believe what write? You have no clue what you are talking about. None. You think you sound smart but the more you write here, just when it looks like you can't look like more of an idiot, you prove us wrong. This isn't the only country you can choose to live in, btw. Feel free to leave us sheep here to amuse ourselves while you find residence elsewhere where there are no laws.
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          by Wrong is Wrong on Mar 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM in reply to Wrong is Wrong
          You really are an idiot: (I really believe what write?) and you play grammar police, you wish I'd roll over and show my belly like you do. I feel free to voice my disdain at these nazi checkpoints and the reality you fear to face. Us? you are an US now or you speak for the rest of the sheep that cow tow to the false state gods you worship? What you dont understand about freedom is that I dont have to agree with you or your ilk. I have my opinions, you keep on shilling for your broken masters. Like the good boy you are.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM in reply to Wrong is Wrong
  • by Pain on Mar 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
    The current DUI laws and liquor control Laws are way too weak and should be made tighter 5 to 10 fold than what it is now.
  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    Breaking News; Casey Anthony seen at DUI checkpoint.
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      by TallyLassie on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:02 AM in reply to dog
      Wow! It did look very much like her!
  • by realist on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:40 AM
    It's simple. Kill someone while you're driving drunk, you get a seat on Ol' Sparky (or his equivalent)- no ifs, ands or buts. First time DUI - $5,000 fine, loss of driver's license and vehicle (impounded) for one year. Second DUI - $25,000 fine, loss of license and vehicle for 5 years. Third DUI - you get a free seat on Ol' Sparky ... we don't need your kind of scum in our society (we already have politicians). You got a problem with drinking? Get help but don't drive. If, for some asinine reason, you "think" your rights are being violated - move to Somalia and see how you like it there. Nuff said ...
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      by Sara on Mar 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM in reply to realist
      I like your thinking. Why is it we are so concerned about protecting the guilty?
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      by Jess on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:28 PM in reply to realist
      And double the penalty for cops like the Wakulla sheriff and local small town chief of police that got of with nothing. The Wakulla sheriff got away with a hit and run to boot and Scott promoted him to a higher office. While we are at it, lets have mandatory drug tests for elected officials.
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      by Jenny on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:30 AM in reply to realist
      Yeah, move to Somalia. They have a great happy hour but the bar food really sucks. Oh and definitely execute people for the third DUI. Brilliant. Remember people, don't drink and drive, you might spill your drink!
  • by Just saying! on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    Maybe you all should check the stats! DUI fatalities have dropped tenfold since TPD has upped their DUI enforcement!!!! If you obey the law you have nothing to worry about. I've been through these check points and have had no issues! Everyone as citizens should be happy that this taking place. There are way too many impaired drivers on the road. I wish TPD had DUI units on the street 24/7! .... Bottom line, don't drink and drive, and obey the laws, and you have nothing to worry about! Thank-you TPD, LCSO, and FHP for keeping everyone on the roads alittle safer!!!!!!
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      by jennifer on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM in reply to Just saying!
  • by duh Location: tallahassee on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:02 AM
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      by Tom on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:18 AM in reply to duh
      The courts have said the public must be notified of the locations. Blame the Judges with no common sense.
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        by Sara on Mar 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM in reply to Tom
        Yep. That's our justice system - protect the criminals above all else!
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:38 AM
    I hope and pray they catch my ex husband. If not, he's going to end up being the next headline story for your news channel. It's disgusting that they continue to allow people who drink and drive to continue doing it time after time until they kill someone. Let's support MADD and get the laws passed to keep them off the road!
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      by Sara on Mar 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM in reply to Anonymous
      They let them out even AFTER they've KILLED someone! They finally arrested that underage drunk who killed Brooks Rogers on Oct. 30 (4 1/2 months later), only to let him bond out and go on his merry way. Witnesses saw the accident, confirmed he was the driver (and thanks to the witnesses he was not able to leave the scene, which he was trying to do); blood alc level .24, DNA evidence confirmed he was driving the car.... so is there any doubt he's guilty? Yet off he goes while the courts play around; meanwhile he could potentially kill someone else. Utterly disgusting!
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