Ventnor, NJ Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint This Weekend
Ventnor Police have announced they plan to conduct a DUI checkpoint this weekend.
Before you give us a hard time for blowing the surprise about the checkpoint or blaming the police for telling us about it in the first place, the police are just following the rules established by the US. Supreme Court case in 1990.
According to New Jersey's Tormley Law Firm, a firm that represents DUI defendants, the court, in that case, held that public safety interests allowed the appropriate use of sobriety checkpoints and are not an illegal search and seizure prohibited by the fourth amendment to the United States Constitution if they are conducted properly..
Proper checkpoint setup and arrests include notifying the public of the checkpoint and giving fair field sobriety tests inappropriate conditions and breathalyzer tests on properly calibrated machines.
So, consider yourself notified. Regardless, some people will still drink and drive and drive right into the DUI checkpoint - guaranteed.
According to a Facebook post, Ventnor Police will hold the DUI checkpoint this Sunday morning from midnight until 5 am. Police do not have to tell you on which road they will be conducting the checkpoint. It's best not to drink and drive at all. If you plan to party, use a designated driver and you won't ever have a very expensive problem.
Rosenblumlaw.com estimates that the total cost of a first-offense DUI conviction can cost over $4,000. This does not include any other economic impact, such as the loss of a job, or additional costs such as those associated with having one’s car impounded, the suspension reinstatement fee, or the expense of finding alternate transportation during the suspension period.
Keep in mind that a DUI remains on one’s driving record forever, which means one may never escape the shadow of a first-time DUI conviction.