Police in Pennsylvania decided to set up a DUI checkpoint back in the middle of March, running it on March 15 and March 16. They are now releasing their report about how it did, and it’s being called a bust. It appears that they shut it down early because it was ineffective.
Per reports, the checkpoint only resulted in four traffic stops. None of the people in those cars was arrested for driving under the influence.
They had set up the checkpoint on South Delaware Drive, which is in Williams Township. They initially planned to start at 10:00 p.m. on March 15 and end it at 3:00 a.m. on March 16. That way, they would have officers out for the time after bars close down and people start driving home.
Citing bad weather, officers closed it down around 12:15 a.m. When they did that, they switched back to a more traditional method: roving DUI patrols.
The police did claim that their roving patrols made a total of 55 DUI stops that morning. They arrested three people on charges of driving under the influence. They also picked up two people for drug possession charges. On top of that, they gave out a dozen warnings and 12 traffic citations.
Have you been arrested on DUI charges in Pennsylvania? It is clear that the police are at least attempting to crack down on drunk driving. No matter how you got arrested — at a checkpoint or after a traffic stop — this is nothing to take lightly. Make sure that you know about all of the DUI defense options you have.