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Raleigh police cancel plans for weekend DWI checkpoint

Posted September 22

— UPDATE: 12 p.m.: Raleigh police canceled plans to hold a multi-agency DWI checkpoint on Friday night into Saturday morning.

The police department did not give a reason for the cancellation.


Raleigh police canceled plans to hold a multi-agency DWI checkpoint somewhere in the city beginning Friday night and ending early Saturday morning.

The police department said the checkpoint will add to its normal DWI enforcement activities. Identifying and arresting impaired drivers is a primary goal of the checkpoint, but officials said they also hope to reduce the overall number of impaired drivers.

"While it would not be in the best interest of public safety to disclose an exact time span or location, motorists are advised that the Raleigh Police Department will conduct a multi-agency DWI checking station during the overnight hours preceding daylight on Saturday, September 23" the department said in a news release.


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  • Jeremy Fryett Sep 22, 5:23 p.m.
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    So many are just willing to argue for the sake of arguing. Hope nobody gets hurt because of a drunk driver.

  • Clif Bardwell Sep 22, 4:09 p.m.
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    Owning a house is a privilige not a right. How are you with the cops going door to door searching through your house on the off chance they might find a meth lab?

  • Henry Cooper Sep 22, 3:25 p.m.
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    As the legal side of it stands right now North Carolina only has to have blue lights going as you approach. There DOES NOT need to be an announcement (although that is required in some states).

    "The checkpoint must be announced. Some states require that police publish in advance the location of the checkpoint. In North Carolina all that’s required is that the checkpoint has visible flashing blue lights."


    The place where you can get them the easiest in NC is not sticking to the "random" parameter. It has to be something like every car, every 6th car or every 10th car. The officer that stops you should know the pattern being used.

  • Jeff Freuler Sep 22, 2:56 p.m.
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    Driving is a privilege not a right

  • Scott Patterson Sep 22, 9:35 a.m.
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    Yeah that's unconstitutional.... I thought they had to be posted. Anybody that gets a DWI at this checkpoint, contact any reputable defense lawyer and he will get you off of this. Then civil suit the city to get reimbursed for an unconstitutional act.

  • Clif Bardwell Sep 22, 9:22 a.m.
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    Checkpoints should be unconstitutional. The government should not be allowed to arbitrarily stop people on the off chance they might find someone committing a crime. What's next? Door to door searches of people's houses on the off chance they'll find a meth lab?