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DWI checkpoint nets 130 arrests in Wake County

Posted March 27, 2010
Updated March 28, 2010

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— The Wake County Sheriff's Office's conducted a DWI checkpoint Friday evening at the intersection of Louisburg and Perry Creek roads.

Law enforcement officers charged 130 people with various violations including DWI, various drug charges and motor vehicle infractions.

The Traffic Safety Task Force and 10 other law enforcement agencies assisted with the checkpoint.

Students from East Wake High School, North Raleigh Christian Academy and Southeastern Seminary, along with their parents, were on hand to witness drivers taking field sobriety tests and being arrested for DWI. Their presence at the checkpoint was part of an effort to teach teenagers the dangers of drinking and driving.

"The Wake County Sheriff's Office believes that we should not only tell teenagers about the high costs of drinking and driving, but also show them," Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. "With prom season almost here, the temptation to drink and drive increases. We wanted them to see first hand what happens when we stop people suspected of DWI."

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  • rallytowne2 Mar 31, 2010

    book em dan'o

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 30, 2010

    SalemWWX, that's a great question: "Would you feel the same way if law enforcement wanted to come in and just take a quick look around your house without a warrant? "Just go on about your business, this will only take a few minutes."

    They could be looking for anything illegal...you know...for our own protection (illegal drugs)...or society's protection (unlicensed automatic weapons, animal or spouse abuse, terrorism).

    It seems that roadside stops (to protect society from what MIGHT happen) could be used to allow police to make house stops for the exact same reason. YIKES !

  • atozca Mar 29, 2010

    Do charges equate to arrests? Were there really 130 arrests or only a 130 charges?

  • hardwork919 Mar 29, 2010

    "Would you feel the same way if law enforcement wanted to come in and just take a quick look around your house without a warrant? "Just go on about your business, this will only take a few minutes." SalemWWX

    Aha! I see what you're saying but it's not the same thing... if there is a risk of being out on the road and you know that on a weekly basis, you see people driving drunk, driving recklessly, etc. then setting up a checkpoint is something that will reduce that... of course, you're going to get some good guys in the mix with the bad... but if you're not doing anything wrong, what's the harm? If the police were to show up to my home with no rhyme or reason, of course I would have a problem with it but if I heard strange screams at night and saw lots of bloody garbage bags littering my neighborhood, then I wouldn't mind if everybody in my neighborhood had their homes (me included) checked because I want to know who's killing people...

  • SalemWWX Mar 29, 2010

    "This is how I feel... if there's nothing wrong, then it should only take a few moments and you're on your merry way..."

    Would you feel the same way if law enforcement wanted to come in and just take a quick look around your house without a warrant? "Just go on about your business, this will only take a few minutes."

  • SalemWWX Mar 29, 2010

    "What they did was a)perfectly legal, and b) violates no one's rights, because everyone is subject to the exact same treatment."

    First of all, "legal" and "right" are not always tied together. Secondly, just because everyone is receiving the same treatment, it doesn't necessarily follow that no ones rights are being violated. If the fed decided to abolish free speech, it wouldn't matter if they did it to everyone or just one particular group, it would still be a violation of someone's Constitutional rights. I'm simply saying that I think it's bad policy for authorities to basically set up checkpoints and delay, detain, or check the ID of law-abiding citizens under the auspices of a DWI checkpoint. I think that a zero-tolerance policy with teeth for anyone driving over the limit would be a more effective deterrent than a checkpoint.

  • hardwork919 Mar 29, 2010

    "Hardwork919, since the cops catch maybe 0.1% of drunk drivers (how would we even know the number?), how do you know “that majority of these cases are just people driving drunk, driving recklessly”? Although, I'd agree that drunk drivers *may* be “putting other people in danger”. hereandnow99

    You're right... we have no way of knowing how many lives are being saved by this whole "Click it or Ticket" thing but I'm sure if we looked at the statistics (and I don't have them in front of me so I'm just guessing here...) most crashes, accidents, deaths related to automobiles would have some sort of reckless driving and DWI surrounding it... so in essence, if you cite people for those offenses, it (in theory at least) will keep them from doing it, thus decreasing the deaths... I do see what you're getting at though... they may have been looking for drugs, dead bodies, etc. Who knows?

  • hardwork919 Mar 29, 2010

    "i love these things and think we should have more of them. Think of all the people they catch on outstanding warrents and dwi. I'm cool with waiting 5-10 minutes in traffic to clear off all the bad guys. They use to do them all the time on hwy 70 out of clayton. I usually went through them with no problem, but once i forgot my licenes. they just looked at my registration and typed me into the puter and let me go. well they told me they COULD charge me and I SHOULD have my licenes with me at all time and then let me go....but I'm sure by the line of cars they had pulled off to the side they had bigger fish to fry." ambergail1

    This is how I feel... if there's nothing wrong, then it should only take a few moments and you're on your merry way...

  • rescuefan Mar 29, 2010

    *built in*

  • rescuefan Mar 29, 2010

    "but I really do not like the idea of being arrested & jailed for a wreck I MIGHT have...haven’t actually had...and may never have.
    hereandnow99"

    Ahhh, but you can avoid being arrested for a wreck that you haven't caused by not drinking and driving. It's really easy. Hey, I am not pointing fingers. My husband got a DWI several years ago (he no longer drinks, so I have a build in designated driver).

    I also used to live out in Apex, before it grew into what it is now. I waited tables at the time, so there were many times that I was headed home at 1 am. There were at least 2 of these check points a year and I got stopped at them. It took all of 90 seconds to stop, pull out my driver's license and be on my way. I never felt put out or like my rights were being violated. Since I did a lot of late night driving, I liked the fact that there were a few less drunks on the road.

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