The Tulsa Police Department has released a statement on its website regarding a DUI checkpoint in Downtown Tulsa on Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
The statement on their website reads as follows:
Downtown DUI Checkpoint
“The Tulsa Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint as part of the department’s continued commitment to reducing injuries, deaths and raising awareness about the dangers caused by alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. The checkpoint will be conducted on Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. in downtown Tulsa.
A briefing will be held at 9:00 p.m. in the COMPSTAT center at the Police Courts Building at 600 Civic Center. All interested news media is invited to the briefing, as well as the checkpoint to view the proceedings. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Tulsa County Sherriff’s Office, and the ABLE Commission will also assist with this event.
This special enforcement is part of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office “ENDUI” program. Overtime funding is being provided by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office DUI Enforcement Grant.”
There is also a story in the Tulsa World regarding the checkpoint.
DUI checkpoints function as a general purpose investigatory tactic whereby police can get a close look at passing drivers by detaining them briefly. A roadblock Tulsa DUI checkpoint is quick, but it gives police a chance to check tags and licenses, while also giving officers a quick whiff of the driver’s breath and a chance to view inside the vehicle for a moment. While this type of random stop may seem unconstitutional at first blush, both the United States Supreme Court and the Oklahoma courts have upheld the validity in certain circumstances.
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Any drunk driving or drug-related DUI charge is a serious matter, whatever the exact circumstances and wherever the arrest occurred. Please recognize that: a basic first-offense Oklahoma DUI conviction can bring a sentence of up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine plus hundreds in additional fees, driver’s license suspension and more. Additionally, “aggravating factors” such as a prior DUI conviction or the presence of a person under 18 in the vehicle significantly increase the potential for a lengthy jail sentence and other life-changing penalties. If you have questions regarding this, or any other criminal matter, contact our Tulsa DUI attorney for a consultation.