Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Sobering Statistic

From a news release from the Fairfax County Police earlier this week:

Sobriety Checkpoint Results
In Reston Police District

Fairfax County police officers from around the county conducted a sobriety checkpoint to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers on Saturday, August 15 from 11:50 p.m. until 2:50 a.m. Sunday. All motorists were stopped and drivers were evaluated to assure that their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Approximately 778 motorists were stopped on Centreville Road near the intersection of Woodland Park Drive. There were no arrests made for DWI. Ten summonses were issued for miscellaneous traffic offenses.
Nine officers and six auxiliary police officers participated in the checkpoint.


That means 778 motorists were hassled for absolutely no good reason, in the name of supposedly keeping you safer. This is a dog and pony show designed to show the public that the police are doing something to combat drunk driving. I think the police can do better, I think they should perform more of their DWI-directed patrols, those seem to be getting better stats.

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