Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DUI checkpoints expensive -- $2,800 to arrest each driver

Two traffic officers win $2 million in court from the Los Angeles Police Department. They'd broken the silence and said there was a daily quota of 18 traffic tickets a day for motor officers on the city's Westside. They alleged the department retaliated against them for this revelation. The jury agreed.

Update: 4-15-11: The chief of the LAPD still insists he has no quotas and wants to appeal the verdict. (Please! Give me more bad publicity!)

Update: 4-17-11: One attorney wonders if all the traffic citations written under the quota system will need to be dismissed.

Slowing down to get a good look at an accident may be a violation in Ontario, Canada, this article says.

Lots of devices interact with the Iphones and Ipads to warn of red-light cameras, speed traps, schools and DUI checkpoints. Not sure how much attention you're going to pay to the warning if you're plastered.

DUI checkpoints, by the way, aren't there to catch drunk drivers. In Costa Mesa, CA, for example, less than 1% of the cars stopped at checkpoints have intoxicated drivers. California made only about 2% of its drunk driving arrests at DUI checkpoints in 2008.

The real secret to the checkpoints is federal funding--$14 million to California in 2008. That's about $2,800 per driver arrested. Strike you as pricey?

Update: On April 28, 2011, Martinez, California police ran a 3 hours DUI checkpoint. They talked to 503 drivers and nabbed one drunk driver. That's 2/10 of 1%. Is it possible if all the cops at the checkpoint had been driving around for 3 hours, they might have seen more than one intoxicated driver?

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