Vehicle Checkpoints.

Discussion in 'Automotive' started by Von Jones, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. Von Jones

    Von Jones Veteran Member
    Patron Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2015
    Messages:
    3,845
    Likes Received:
    3,004
    I'm on my way home from Lowe's around 8:30 pm and I could see in the distance the blinking lights of a patrol car. It must be pretty bad I thought with the orange barrels.

    On the passenger side a orange sign read be prepared to stop. Huh? A few feet on the driver's side another orange sign read Have your driver's license ready. sobriety check 005.jpg

    Several vehicles did u-turns and that's when it dawned on me it was a checkpoint for a sobriety test.

    sobriety check 008.jpg

    My first ever. It was nothing like I have seen on TV. This nice officer introduced himself and purpose and asked me for my DL; looked at it; asked for my birthday then handed it back to me. I had my proof of insurance ready, moistened my lips with ready to take a breath tests though I don't drink I just expected it to happen. I guess he saw my big bag of pretzels opened next to me :D.
     
    #1
  2. Holly Saunders

    Holly Saunders Veteran Member
    Patron Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2015
    Messages:
    48,006
    Likes Received:
    16,068
    Nice to know there are kinder cops in the USA than the media always portrays... :)
     
    #2
  3. Thomas Stearn

    Thomas Stearn Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2018
    Messages:
    896
    Likes Received:
    1,606
    Yvonne, I'd have thought twice before I had taken a photo of an officer in duty? :D
     
    #3
    Von Jones, Emma Smith and Patsy Faye like this.
  4. Von Jones

    Von Jones Veteran Member
    Patron Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2015
    Messages:
    3,845
    Likes Received:
    3,004
    I did ask him, never got an answer though. Another officer came up beside him when I was taking the shot, hence his profile.
     
    #4
    Thomas Stearn and Patsy Faye like this.
  5. Joe Riley

    Joe Riley Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2015
    Messages:
    9,703
    Likes Received:
    15,128
  6. Don Alaska

    Don Alaska Very Well-Known Member
    Patron Registered

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2018
    Messages:
    3,377
    Likes Received:
    5,359
    I encountered one of hose checkpoints years ago in Ohio, but I have never encountered another.
     
    #6
  7. Von Jones

    Von Jones Veteran Member
    Patron Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2015
    Messages:
    3,845
    Likes Received:
    3,004
    Are you referring to the 'emissions' checkpoint?
     
    #7
  8. Shirley Martin

    Shirley Martin Veteran Member
    Patron Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2015
    Messages:
    20,329
    Likes Received:
    10,255
    They have those license checkpoint fairly often between my house and town. It's in a spot that you can't see the cars before you are almost upon it. I have seen people make a quick turn and go the other way. That's a sure giveaway that they are drinking or in some kind of violation of the law. There are several officers at the checkpoint and they take off after the turnarounders.
     
    #8
  9. Nancy Hart

    Nancy Hart Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2018
    Messages:
    4,200
    Likes Received:
    7,894
    I've only been stopped once at a checkpoint, but it was more like a road block. They were looking for a "suspect" in some crime. It was here in Georgia, way out in the country. They didn't check the trunk. :)
     
    #9
    Frank Sanoica and Von Jones like this.
  10. Don Alaska

    Don Alaska Very Well-Known Member
    Patron Registered

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2018
    Messages:
    3,377
    Likes Received:
    5,359
    Nope, it was on I90 (I think) outside Cleveland. They said it was a sobriety checkpoint, and they diverted the entire interstate though a checkpoint in a rest stop. It was quick, license and alcohol check (just by sniffing the open car window) and then on the way. It took less than a minute or so or most to go through. There were not yet emissions checks then. It was some time ago.
     
    #10
    Von Jones likes this.
  11. Holly Saunders

    Holly Saunders Veteran Member
    Patron Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2015
    Messages:
    48,006
    Likes Received:
    16,068
    In Spain at the beginning of this month, they did a week solid random check for drivers )drugs and alcohol)...shockingly in just a week they charged 190,00 drivers over the drink drive limit, and about half of that again.. with opiates in their system!!
     
    #11
    Don Alaska and Von Jones like this.
  12. Von Jones

    Von Jones Veteran Member
    Patron Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2015
    Messages:
    3,845
    Likes Received:
    3,004
    @Don Alaska, those checkpoints are usually setup in different locations around the city and during the week/end of an upcoming holiday.

    @Holly Saunders raising awareness in progress.
     
    #12
    Don Alaska likes this.
  13. Bess Barber

    Bess Barber Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2019
    Messages:
    2,032
    Likes Received:
    3,857
    @Von Jones Of course he was nice to you, you all but got a selfie with him. :p
     
    #13
    Don Alaska and Von Jones like this.
  14. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2016
    Messages:
    7,921
    Likes Received:
    8,065
    @Nancy Hart

    Lucky you, eh?
    Frank
     
    #14
    Nancy Hart likes this.
  15. Joe Riley

    Joe Riley Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2015
    Messages:
    9,703
    Likes Received:
    15,128
    Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
    [​IMG]

    Be Safe: Prevent Motor Vehicle Accidents: Eliminate drinking and driving


    MYTH: Anyone can measure their blood alcohol content (BAC) by the number of alcoholic beverages they have drunk/consumed.
    FALSE: The measure of BAC will change based on the height, weight, and gender of the drinker, how fast the person drinks the alcohol, how fast the drinker’s body absorbs the alcohol, the food in the person’s stomach, and the type of alcohol consumed.
    MYTH: Eating a big meal before drinking will keep you sober.
    FALSE: Drinking on a full stomach will only delay the absorption of alcohol into the body, not prevent it. Time is the only way to reduce BAC in the body.

    Be Safe and enjoy the 4th of July!!

     
    #15
    Frank Sanoica and Von Jones like this.

Share This Page