More than 1 in 8 drivers were arrested at a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night in Kansas City - the highest percentage in recent memory.
Only a third of the arrests, however, were for driving while intoxicated. The rest were for outstanding traffic warrants and a drug possession charge.
The checkpoint took place 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Independence Avenue in the 5900 block east.
Reader Big Al weighed in on this in an email:
- Why did over half the cars pulled over on Indep. ave over the weekend have their info. ran and cars searched? I thought sobriety checkpoints were just to see if you have any alchohol on the breath??!!!
- 22 arrests of people that were just driving home, and minding their own business. I would like to know the numbers of white vs. latino and blacks. I was there and it looked awful funny to me.
- And why do they have time to run all these people? Is there some kind of constitutional law that this violates??