North Tulsa DUI Checkpoint; The Tulsa Police Department has released a statement regarding a DUI checkpoint near the 800 block of N. Sheridan Rd on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
The news story on the Tulsa World Website is as follows:
North Tulsa DUI Checkpoint
“Tulsa police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint over the weekend in north Tulsa to screen for drunk or drug-impaired drivers.
Officers will set up the checkpoint at 10 p.m. Saturday near the 800 block of North Sheridan Road and keep it in operation until 3 a.m., according to the Tulsa Police Department.
The checkpoint is part of ENDUI, a program of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. A grant through the program provides overtime funding for officers who work at the checkpoint, the TPD said.” 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.
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