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Checkpoints Coming To Greenville County This Weekend

The east and west sides of the county will see checkpoints to prevent DUI.

Greenville's east side will be the site of a Greenville County Sheriff's Office safety checkpoint early from Friday to Sunday to protect the public, the agency confirmed Wednesday. 

No specifics location had yet been determined Thursday morning, but the GCSO did state in a release and on its web site:

"The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a multi-agency Sobriety Checkpoint this upcoming weekend on both the Eastside and Westside of Greenville County."

The GCSO has stated that the thought process behind telling the public about the checkpoints is that by alerting the public ahead of time, it will deter motorists from violating laws such as DUI.

Jerry Stevens October 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM
"The GCSO has stated that the thought process behind telling the public about the checkpoints is that by alerting the public ahead of time, it will deter motorists from violating laws such as DUI." That's one thought. Here's another: Advanced notification (Alerts) of DUI Checkpoints was recommended by United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice Rehnquist: “Advance publicity is necessary to reduce the intrusiveness of the checkpoint and increase its deterrent effect.” In 1990, the Court ruled that checkpoints provide such a large benefit to public safety, that they should be permitted despite the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable search and seizure. In order for these to be legal, the Court set forth some guidelines for law enforcement.
Michael George October 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Jerry, you are correct, however the Sitz case followed the 1979 logic from Brown v. Texas. The Brown case said that checkpoints must meet a three prong test. One prong is the instrusiveness you discuss. The other two prongs are 1) the effectiveness of the checkpoint and 2) need for public safety in the particular area where the checkpoint is set.
Patrick Goodwin October 25, 2012 at 01:15 PM
good job ! keep the drunks off the road ...i've lost to many because of somebody's decision to drive while emparred.As a firefighter for 8 yrs I have seen first hand what happens when drinking and driving mix. Hat's off to the law enforcement for doing a great job in prevention.

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