Overland Park Police Department in cooperation with other local law enforcement agencies ran a
DUI Checkpoint over the past weekend beginning on Friday May 10th and ending early Saturday morning.
A total of 430 cars were processed through the checkpoint and twenty-nine
drivers were investigated for suspicion of
DUI. Of the drivers investigated for DUI, a total of three were arrested for
DUI. This is about a .007 percentage rate of success. Other arrests were made for
Transporting an Open Container of Alcohol, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Critics of DUI checkpoints in both Kansas and
Missouri will be quick to point out that the low rate of DUI arrests indicate that
checkpoints are not an effective method of DUI enforcement, and only serve
to unnecessarily harass innocent drivers and intrude upon Fourth Amendment
Proponents of DUI Checkpoints will use the very same statistics as proof
that the checkpoints are effective at raising public awareness through
heightened visibility, thus 'educating' the public not to drink
and drive. Because so few people were arrested, the DUI Checkpoints must
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