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State Police to Hold DUI Checkpoint During Memorial Day Weekend

While there’s never a good time to drink and drive, this weekend is an especially bad time to do so in Bucks County.

will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint sometime between May 25-28.

While the exact location of the checkpoint was not released, it will be held somewhere in Bucks County.

According to station commander Sgt. Jonathan Nederostek, a sobriety checkpoint is a traffic safety exercise wherein state troopers systematically stop vehicles at selected locations to briefly observe drivers for articulable facts and/or behaviors normally associated with alcohol or drug impaired drivers.

The goal of a sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related fatal and serious crashes, and to reduce the number of DUI drivers on state highways.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 158 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide over Memorial Day Weekend 2010.

MADD offers the following five tips for safe driving over the holiday weekend and year-round:

  1. Plan a safe way home. Arrange a sober ride home, or offer to be the sober designated driver.
  2. Wear a seat belt. Seat belt usage is one of the best ways to stay safe on our roadways.
  3. Don’t call or text. Any form of impaired driving poses a serious threat to those on the road.
  4. Slow down. Respect all posted speed limits.
  5. Be aware. Pay attention to other drivers on the road and avoid those driving erratically.

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Eric S May 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM
I hate these checkpoints. We are being made to stop, answer questions and produce documentation without reasonable suspicion of a crime. Just as bad as the "stop and frisks" in Philly.
John Q May 25, 2012 at 05:04 PM
At least the troopers will get some good overtime and Holiday pay to basically stand around, stop cars arbitrarily, and ask people if they've had anything to drink. I'd take that job.
Beorge Gush May 25, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I am not a lawyer, but by law you have the right to remain silent if you feel what you say could incriminate you. I reccomend everyone to not talk to the police on any circumstance, even at a checkpoint. You are however, required to give your actual name, and provide your ID, Insurance, and Registration if asked. Do NOT lie to the police. Just simply remain silent after you give up your name and paperwork. Sit there and remain silent as long as it takes for them to tell you to go on your way. Probably with attitude since you're not 'cooperating.' Don't forget, We pay the police with our taxes. They work for us. We do not have to answer to them. Sir, how many drinks have you had tonight? SILENCE IS GOLDEN. Everything you say WILL be used aginst you. Don't think for one moment he may be leanant because they wont.
Beorge Gush May 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Law Enforcement Officers put their lives on the line every day for us. At the very least, each traffic stop could be the last. We have to be thankful, that sometimes, they are there to help us (by taking care of people who could very well put is in danger) It's much more than just standing around!

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