Midtown Tulsa DUI Checkpoint on May 14; The Tulsa Police Department has released a statement regarding a DUI checkpoint near Midtown (44th and Sheridan) on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Midtown Tulsa DUI Checkpoint
The news story on the Tulsa World Website is as follows:
“The Tulsa Police Department will set up a DUI checkpoint in the area of 44th Street and Sheridan Road on Saturday night.
The checkpoint will start at 10 p.m. Saturday and operate until 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a TPD news release.
The release states the checkpoint is part of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office’s ENDUI program, which is intended to reduce injuries and deaths as well as raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers.
An Oklahoma Highway Safety Office DUI Enforcement Grant provides overtime funding for officers operating the checkpoint”
The Tulsa World story can be found here,
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.
We will keep you informed regarding any updates for the Midtown Tulsa DUI Checkpoint that come to our attention.
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