We found a lovely article from back in May describing a DUI checkpoint in action. The Hartford Courant reports on a DUI checkpoint that stopped nearly 1400 vehicles. How many DUI arrests?


Only two of the drivers were even tested for their blood alcohol content. Both were within the legal limit and were not arrested. There were 20 “arrests” (we suspect some of these were just tickets) and none of the arrests were for DUI. They were mostly for paperwork violations regarding licenses, registrations and insurance.

Berlin deputy chief Klett claims that “The whole point of the checkpoints … is to detect intoxicated drivers and get them off the roads.”

Assuming some of the vehicles had passengers, roughly 2000 people were subjected to warrantless search and seizure. Or perhaps we should say unwarranted.

5 replies on “DUI Checkpoints Gone Wrong”

  1. please make flyer for ct I get searched all the time after refusing
    until the officers threaten to rip me out of my vehicle if I don’t get out… thank you

  2. It is a pervasive practice in Connecticut with little need for it. Please please please make a flyer to help us prevent violence while still maintaining our rights.

  3. please make one for our great state of Connecticut, the police always give me a hard time at checkpoints, and I never under any substances in my system.

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