8 Arrests During Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints

September 22, 2018

[Updated] Five people were arrested during the first day of Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints, according to the police, who said that “all failed alco-analyzer test.”

Last night [Sept 21], the police tweeted, “First day of road side sobriety check Ops ends with 5 impaired drivers arrested. All failed alco-analyzer test. 5 lives saved.”

The Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints are new, with legislation passing in Parliament earlier this year which “makes provision for the Senior Magistrate to authorize the police to conduct road sobriety checkpoints to stop all vehicles travelling through an authorized, predetermined location to check whether the driver is impaired.”

Update Sept 23: At least eight people have been arrested due to Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints.

The police tweeted, “Saturday road side sobriety checks snagged 3 impaired drivers. One impaired rider arrested after a pursuit [bad decision] and a fourth man arrested after a pursuit on a stolen motorcycle. Other offenses coming to our attention unlicensed/uninsured vehicles, disq rider.”

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  1. Ringmaster says:

    Would the police also release the stats to say how many drivers were tested and if every person stopped was tested. That way the 5 who allegedly failed could be put into perspective against the totals.

  2. sage says:

    Five people out of how many stopped, how long was the checkpoint held for? How many checkpoints were set up?

    • J says:

      So, we get upset that they announce where they will be in advance… and now you want to know how long the checkpoints were held for and how many? Lol.

  3. Hair says:

    They so need the police through the day with the bikes speeding and over taking, especially from Paget to West end and back!!!

  4. Manana says:

    Do the numbers matter? Five drunks were stopped from killing themselves or someone else. That will make others think twice. Result.

    • sage says:

      Well if 50 could have been caught, wouldn’t that be at least 10 times better? Numbers (and facts) absolutely matter. Question authority, analyze and try thinking for yourself.

      • Manana says:

        Yes darling, I’m sorry.

      • J says:

        Will the stats capture those who were deterred from drinking and driving by the checkpoints? Obviously not.

        I know of pure people, including myself, who didn’t drink (even if it was just one) and drive specifically because of the checkpoint.

  5. NO MORE WAR says:

    This is interesting but if the Governemnt and police were serious they would not keep this initiative to one unit within the police service. Good idea though.

  6. Lone Wolf says:

    The biggest problem is they are not consistent. They do a speed trap on east broadway during rush hour traffic and harass all the mostly law abiding citezens and then you don’t see them anywhere for months. They do that ‘third laning’ thing at the south round-a-bout for a couple days and then you never see them again. They do these alcho things for a few days and then you will not see them doing that again for years, if ever. That’s why nothing changes.

    BE CONSISTENT. Do it all the time, every day if you have to. Actually tackle the problem! Don’t just slap a band-aid on it.

    • puzzled says:

      They don’t have the manpower.
      Just a bunch of old guys hanging on for retirement at 55+.

  7. Stevie says:

    Get caught. Bye bye

  8. Justasuggestion says:

    Only 8…

  9. Saving their lives…?

    Bps …nice try…but …I am “Not”…repeat…”Not” letting you get off light like dat!


    You may well have saved ten or more lives!

    The way I see it…we have drivers killing other people now…there have been a few!!!

    Then they say nindo nuffin…I appreciate your efforts!

    Hopefully this too will pass…life and property…reasonable and unreasonable.
    Keep it simple.

  10. Ray Charles would have made a good magistrate.

  11. Dread says:

    Didn’t get me!

  12. poindexter says:

    Oh yeah you saved lives. A beer will put you out of a job, paying your bills, take you off road, ruin your reputation. A beer? saving lives? where’s the limit? what is the limit, nobody knows! how about raising awareness of the legal limit!?? doi

    • hmmm says:

      legal limit is 0.08, pretty sure everyone knows that. People are affected differently based on size, food intake etc. so you cant just say you can have 2 beers.

  13. Stand for Truth says:

    Instead of these hypocrites going to the root of the problem which is the legality of alcohol which is a drug. Because it is legal the people have been indoctrinated to accept it.

    Accidents are not the only deaths caused by alcohol, people are also violent and caused someone’s death. If they really cared about public safety they would ban this poison.

  14. Imjustsaying says:

    So you’re pulling people over asking them questions what is this North Korea? And how can you advertise you are gonna be at one location and then move to another location because it slowed down. And then there’s a bottle neck and you let traffic go through who’s to say you may have let a driver through who’s over the limit. SMH!

  15. ROGER LAMBERT says:

    It was said there were a lack of taxis around during the nights of the 1st weekend of the Breathalyzer use. There presence will improve I would imagine from this weekend on.
    Plus the public buses may get used more up to the last ones leaving Hamilton, St. George or Dockyard.