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County to conduct saturation patrol and DUI check lane this weekend

August 17, 2012

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Douglas County Sheriff’s officers will conduct a saturation patrol and DUI check lane from Saturday evening into early Sunday morning.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman, said deputies starting at 7 p.m. Saturday will be targeting speeding, impaired driving, seat-belt use and compliance with all Kansas traffic laws.

“The saturation patrol is countywide, and the DUI check lane has yet to be determined,” Lewis said.

The effort is a partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, which provides grant money to fund overtime to allow extra officers to take part in the enforcement.

“Their goal is to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the economic cost resulting from motor vehicle crashes in Kansas,” Lewis said. “The sheriff’s office continually strives to improve the quality of life for all citizens traveling the public roadways of Douglas County.”

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MacHeath 1 year, 8 months ago

When I was in college, lo those many years ago, the sheriff of a nearby county told me, and several of my friends that he caught drinking beer: "Have a good night, and don't leave a bunch of beer cans in the ditch." My, how times have changed! Welcome to Lawrence kids. Meet our jack-booted thugs. Prepare to have your life ruined, and to to pay for a ignition interlock. They have to hand out tickets, and forcibly sell interlocks, or they might have money cut from their budgets!
Ohh, I know what some folks are going to think about that statement. Bite my big butt!

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 8 months ago

Saturation patrols catch drivers who are actually "drunk", because they are driving in a way that indicates impairment. This is good.

Check lanes catch people who are "over the limit", and who likely would have continued safely on their way if not for the overreaching tactic of stopping everyone and making them prove they are not breaking the law. This is bad. It is effective --- in a kick-in-all-their-doors kind of way --- but overly intrusive and, yes, bad.

Why the difference? The .08% BAC level, which is a political number, not a scientific one. People correctly believe it does not reflect a "drunk" driver, so they don't respect or obey the law. There should be a distinction in the law between someone who has had a few beers and someone who is blotto. There is a marked difference in the risk to the public, notwithstanding the PR campaigns otherwise.

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classclown 1 year, 8 months ago

uglyrumor

Don't the DUI checkpoint locations have to be announced.

August 17, 2012 at 7:43 p.m

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No. In fact they are never announced except in perhaps the most general terms. Otherwise it would defeat the purpose of them.

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uglyrumor 1 year, 8 months ago

Don't the DUI checkpoint locations have to be announced.

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midwestmom 1 year, 8 months ago

how about 'texting' check points????!!!

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smitty 1 year, 8 months ago

Students? Maybe there is a "meeting" going on out by Lone Star, some fraternal thing, maybe? Like to see a check run out on Lone Star Rd at appropriate meeting over times.....lol

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g_rock 1 year, 8 months ago

We are welcoming back the college students with the lovely glow of red and blue flashing lights!

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