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11 Arrested During Petaluma's 2 DUI Checkpoints

Petaluma officers arrested 11 people Saturday night and early this morning at two DUI checkpoints, police said.

The two checkpoints were held on northbound Sonoma Mountain Parkway at Castle Drive and on northbound Petaluma Boulevard North at Gossage Avenue.

[Previous: Two DUI Checkpoints Planned In Petaluma Saturday Night.]

Police said four DUI arrests were made during the checkpoints, three drivers were arrested for suspended licenses and four were arrested for driving without licenses.

More than 800 drivers passed through the checkpoints, which were held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. this morning, according to police.

--Bay City News

John Comeau June 30, 2014 at 09:19 AM
violated the 4th amendment rights of 800 people in order to catch 11 breaking so-called "laws" but not hurting anybody. is that something to be proud of? why does the Patch always have these rah-rah articles cheering the police state?
bruce mallon June 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM
you have it right. unfortunately we ignore many other instances where we allow our rights to be removed with "public safety" being the excuse. prohibition is another. on one hand we are supposed to be responsible for our behavior and on the other the government takes away the possibility of making that decision by prohibitions of many things. pornography, drugs, demonstrating in public when the ruling party feels threatened, women's right to choose, union formation in business, voting by minorities in Republican controlled regions and others. these constitutional rights have been made very difficult to enjoy because of legal restrictions imposed by laws. it's a piece by piece destruction of our constitution. voting is our most precious right in most states and we don't practice that right. it will disappear if don't wake up.
bruce mallon June 30, 2014 at 01:07 PM
it has nothing about being libertarian or lefty, it's about my rights being chipped away by the use of fear. i don't want drunks driving but i don't want to loose my rights to that end. there are other ways to do this without using illegal methods by our cops. it takes hard work. a search like these are easy ways to look like we're being protected. drunks still drive and kill even with these searches. what if we do get a law about automatic guns being illegal to own. would you think it's okay to search anyone's home to look for these. no. i hate guns and don't own one. i think folks who want to open carry are basically cowards and shouldn't even own a gun without very tough rules to own one. but i don't want the cops rummaging around my home to look for one either.
Dave Raines June 30, 2014 at 02:30 PM
I thought this was about DUI checkpoints, not future searches for future illegal weapons. I'm not a fan of the slippery-slope argument style. In those, everything could lead to everything.
John Comeau June 30, 2014 at 09:25 PM
Dave Raines, I wasn't talking statistics, I'm saying *those 11 people* weren't hurting anyone. as far as the SCOTUS goes, their record of preserving our natural rights as the antifederalists understood them is spotty at best. they have eviscerated the fourth beyond all recognition.

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