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Monday, July 31, 2006

1 in 8 drivers arrested at KC checkpoint

Police arrest 35 at weekend checkpoint

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??


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