New Year’s brings New Utah DUI Checkpoint in Logan

The Logan Law Enforcement is going to be doing a DUI check point this weekend according to the Herald Journal.  The interesting thing is this.  The article says the officers are checking for drunk drivers not be their ability to drive, not by weaving down the street, but by checking for minor things like registration, valid licenses, insurance and equipment violations.  This is the ruse or deception.  "We are looking for DUI drivers by checking you for other things."  This deception and behavior is not constitutional in many states.

Officers setting up checkpoint to prevent DUIs
By Aaron Falk
Friday, December 28, 2007 2:30 AM CST
A traffic checkpoint along U.S. Highway 89/91 will help deter drunken drivers during one of the busiest weekends of the year, police officials say.

Part of a statewide campaign to crack down on impaired motorists, officers from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Highway Patrol and Logan City Police Department will team up Saturday night to man the checkpoint at about 2800 S. Highway 89/91.

“It’s an effective campaign,” Logan Police Capt. Tyson Budge said. “Utah has one of the lowest percentage of DUI drivers and we kind of want to keep it that way.”

More than 280 people were killed in alcohol related crashes in both 2005 and 2006, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Budge said the weekend before New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest times of the year for DUI arrests. Logan Police arrested between nine and 14 people during that weekend each of the last three years, Budge said.

Between 2001 and 2005, an average of 36 deaths occurred each day in crashes involving an alcohol impaired driver, according to the NHTSA. That number jumped to 45 per day during the Christmas holiday and 54 per day over New Years.

The checkpoint will be the first for Logan Police in more than a decade, Budge said. While arrest numbers are generally low, the preventative measure is invaluable, he said.

Officers at the checkpoint will be looking for a valid license, registration, insurance and equipment violations. Officials don’t believe the checkpoint will cause traffic delays. Most stops will take about a minute and police will only detain four cars at a time in each direction, Budge said.

“If they’re full, everyone else is waived through,” he said.

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