St. Louis County to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The St. Louis County Police Highway Safety Unit and officers from the Division of Patrol will be conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout the month of March.

Specially trained officers will be checking motorists in an effort to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on our streets and highways. Inconvenience to motorists will be minimal.

The officers participating in the enforcement have had additional training in the recognition of motorists who have had too much to drink or are under the influence of illegal drugs.

Officers will also issue citations for seat belt and other violations.

“Removing intoxicated drivers from our roadways is a high priority for the St. Louis County Police,” stated Chief Tim Fitch. “The use of checkpoints has been proven to be an effective method to accomplish this goal.”

  • Brian Doak

    It’s all about the dollar…

  • billy bob

    ain’t that the truth, wait till we get loadad then hammer us. Good business for the lawyers.

  • j

    I am all for keeping impaired drivers off the road, but This is not much more than a money grab, similar to the lottery. The scam is to set up shop somewhere and impede the flow of traffic, and hand out seat belt tickets, taill lights, or traffic violations, and wait for the jackpot. A teenager with a small bag of pot, or someone with an open container. Drunk driving is bad, but these are unecessary, and infringe on our rights in a big brother, communist sort of way. And with this lottery, the cops never lose, they cash in on every ticket!

    • Anna

      Very true.

      The “Inconvenience to motorists will be minimal.” is especially funny…I have been through several of these…ALL ARE RIDICULOUS AND INCONVENIENT and the end DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS.

      I do not drink and am really quite offended by the fact that ordinary citizens are hassled while sifted through to find someone breaking the law

      Why don’t you just search everyone leaving all the stores to see if there is a shop lifter amongst us.

      This is nothing but a foolish assinine way to make money and is no different than someone throwing up baby/animal pictures on a charity and using them to raise money.

      …and do not give me any of that saving lives BS, as there is NO proof that check points save lives AT ALL

  • Brian Doak

    I find it amazing. So let’s see how this works. The working man pays their salaries and they mean absolutely nothing to the working man but a damn ticket. I love it when I drive home from work and you have 20 cop cars sitting on highway 70 giving the working man a damn ticket for going 65 in a 55 in a car built to travel at 75 miles an hour very comfortable. Saving lives my @ss. You want to save our lives why don’t you start by getting these thugs off our streets.

  • Down with Criminals

    Where are the checkpoints suppoed to be? I thought they were supposed to announce the checkpoints, or maybe this IS the announcement. It sounds like entrapment to me. Police set up next to a liqour store and then pull people over as they leave with the alcohol so they can make more money off hard working citizens. Police should be for protection, not to make money.

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