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New Year’s Eve DUI Checkpoint Results

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Submitted by David Barrow; Results from EBR Sheriff’s Office

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office conducted a safety checkpoint on Sullivan Rd for the New Year’s holiday on 12-30-10 starting at 7:00 p.m. The following is the results of that check point:

Safety Checkpoint conducted at 8889 Sullivan Rd. in Central.

Vehicles Screened through check point — 1,120

Drug Related Arrest – 8 Total

DUIs – 1

Criminal Damage To Property – 1

Resisting An Officer – 1

Open Container – 1

Careless Operation – 1

Sobriety Test Conducted – 9

Notice Of Violations for mandatory insurance requirements – 13

Exp. Motor Vehicle Inspection – 53

Exp. License Plate – 5

Improper Display of License Plate – 1

No Drivers License – 22

Suspended Drivers License – 3

Expired Drivers License – 4

No Insurance – 12

No Proof Of Insurance – 9

Failure To Register – 1

Failure To Carry Registration – 3

Expired Registration – 4

Headlights Required – 1

Taillights Required – 1

Source of information:  EBR Sheriff’s Office Public Information Casey Rayborn Hicks

Periodic checkpoints will be scheduled in the Central area during 2011.  Thanks to the EBR Sheriff’s Office for helping keep our streets safe.

17 Comments

  1. Mike Mannino

    January 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Wow ! and people think we dont need a police dept ? Those tickets alone would fund a month of operation and put people on notice that we wont tolerate irresponsible drivers. The traffic enforcement is so lax out here that you could virtually drive and stay around Central and never get pulled over.

  2. Captain Obvious

    January 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Mike,

    Setup a DUI checkpoint between Sullivan and Frenchtown on February 5th and you could fund a whole year of operation. I promise you some how patrols will be on the opposite side of Central that night.

  3. Kyle

    January 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Capt Obvious: All you bring is negativity to everything. For once, I’d like to see you say something positive.

  4. Kyle

    January 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Capt. Obvious: It is apparent that your comment is nothing more than an attempt to ruin other people’s fun, as evidenced in your comment that angered a lot of people under the Krewe de Mardi Gras article. Just because you don’t want to have fun at a dance doesn’t mean you have to ruin it for everyone else. Time to grow up!

  5. Captain Obvious

    January 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Kyle,

    I am not being negative but trying to be positive in regards to this subject. The article above is about DUI checkpoints and how it is making our roads safer. Mr. Mannino, who I greatly respect, mentioned with these type of citations issued we could fund police operations for one month. If Central is serious about traffic safety in regards to DUIs, a checkpoint would be setup on Feb. 5th on Greenwell Springs Road between Sullivan and Frenchtown. I promise you there would be more DUIs issued in that stretch then what was done on Sullivan Road for the New Year’s Holiday.

    My sarcastic comment about patrols being on the other side of Central that night has to do with the fact that the so called “tight Central group” will be at the event and would tarnish their reputation if they were cited for a DUI.

  6. Captain Obvious

    January 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Kyle,

    Please see my comment under the Central Private Basketball team article. I left some very positive feedback on their accomplishments.

  7. Mike Mannino

    January 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    My comments were to point out a need for traffic enforcement in Central and the fact that combined with we already spend, collection of fines could go a long way towards funding a safer Central. The lack of patrols and traffic enforcement leaves us sitting ducks and people know it. I am a firm believer in tough law enforcement for the smallest crimes as it sends a message to stay out of Central if you plan to break the law. Many other crimes are discovered from traffic stops and this checkpoint scorecard proves it. We need to get behind this while its still controlable. The EBR sheriffs office cannot do it alone, we must control our own destiny. 120 of those violations indicate that if one of us were involved in an accident with those ticketed, our insurance would have had to pay. 5% with expired inspection stickers ? That surely is well above other areas and thats just those that were caught. We are all about responsible citizenship and these people are not being responsible.

  8. Ray

    January 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I find it encouraging there was only 1 DUI out of 1120 screenings!

  9. Mike Mannino

    January 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    It was too early Ray. What they caught was the Walmart traffic. Shows what those stores can draw in.

  10. Ray

    January 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Hey Mike why stop at harassing drivers to fund the police department. Why not fine those who launch fire works on the 4th and during the Christmas/New Years Holidays. Are maybe those unlawful citizens who leave their garbage cans out at the street. Is it a violation to leave the flag up on your mailbox if you have nothing to send or to have your dogs and cats roaming around the neighborhood? Did you retire over the holidays Mike or just unhappy with your Christmas gifts? LOL By the way 95% of drivers had a valid inspection sticker. Thats was an A when I went to school.

  11. Mike Mannino

    January 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I feel like I’m retired. Been off since early Dec and dont go back till week after next and I’m kinda enjoying.

    All depends on what kind of city you want Ray LOL ! Society sets penalties for certain crimes and many are willing to pay that penalty because its not tough enough. So we need to make it where people get tired of paying the price and stay away or they conform. My point is, if you stop violations at the lowest level, it sends a message. I have been pulled over in Walker numerous times for minor things and I’m OK with it because they use those minor stops to sniff out bigger things. Just the kind of thing I would like to see here to keep crime at a low level.

  12. Mike Mannino

    January 6, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Hey Ray BTW, 95% is failing when it comes to public saftey. Bet you wouldnt feel it was OK if you got into an accident because somebody in that 5 % was driving a piece of junk with no inspection and no insurance now would you ?

  13. Ray

    January 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Actually Mike a study was done recently comparing states that require inspection stickers with those that don’t. No benefit was found. ITS A TAX

  14. Ray

    January 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    BTW Mike, no law abiding citizen could ever earn that much vacation time! LOL

  15. Mike Mannino

    January 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I know ! Thats what happens when you let it pile up though.

  16. Kyle

    January 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Ray: They might have stopped more dui’s if people hadn’t texted others or posted on facebook pages that there was a checkpoint. Half of Central probably knew there was a checkpoint there and took alternate routes. My daughter got about 5 texts and several facebook postings about the checkpoint.

  17. Mike Mannino

    January 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I think it was a little too early for many DUI’s. But with the limited major thoroughfares, regular check points like these could help a lot, warning or no warning. Not many ways to get around out here which is a good thnig for preventing crime. At one time, the State Police would announce where they were going to be and still caught many people.

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