The Tulsa Police Department has released a statement regarding a DUI checkpoint downtown near 11th and Denver on Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
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 11th Street and Denver Avenue this weekend.
The checkpoint will start at 10 p.m. Saturday and operate until 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a TPD news release.
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 latest checkpoint — conducted near 44th Street and Sheridan Road on May 14 — resulted in 11 DUI arrests, one for transporting an open container and 10 for felonies or misdemeanors. Officers also issued 98 tickets or warnings, according to the Oklahoma Sobriety Checkpoint Finder at enduiok.com.”
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 DUI Checkpoint that come to our attention.
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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.