[UPDATED with Adenhart Crash Victim's Two Cents:] Fullerton Poised to End Sobriety Checkpoints as Labor Day Ops Continue
The question is posed because reformers who joined the Fullerton City Council after June's recall election spurred by the cop murder of homeless man Kelly Thomas have championed other issues beyond cleaning up the police department. Among them: outlawing sobriety checkpoints.
|Kiger: checkpoint foe|
Returning the funds was pushed by Councilman Travis Kiger, a tech business owner, former planning commissioner and Friends for Fullerton's Future blogger who was elected to the council in June alongside Doug Chaffee and Greg Sebourn.
Kiger has maintained for years that DUI checkpoints deny citizens their constitutional right to move around unimpeded, and he's critical of officers receiving time-and-a-half to work them.
Now councilman Sebourn and Bruce Whitaker, who was critical of the police department and the Kelly Thomas incident before and since the recall election, joined Kiger in voting down the funds.
|Flory: this is nuts!|
"You think there might be a reason for checkpoints in a town with 51 bars? Duh!" Flory writes on her campaign's Facebook page.
Flory counters the operations help educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving, while encouraging those filling the town's 51 bars to use a taxi or designated driver to get home safely. She also takes issue with the council majority failing to solicit the thoughts of the police department before voting down the funding.
We warned you about the current "Avoid the 38" campaign Friday morning . . .
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The task force reported today that the recent 310 arrests compares to 356 during the same eight-day time period in 2011--and that the 310 is based on provisional data as not all agencies have divulged their totals yet.
In addition to checkpoints and special saturation patrol, which continue this weekend (stay tuned to this blog), the Orange County Sheriff's Department ran a sting Friday at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.
Defendants with suspended driver's licenses because of a prior DUI citations and arrests were followed by plainclothes officers out to the courthouse's parking lot after their court proceedings and--if they got in a vehicle and drove away--they were pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license. Their vehicles, which were towed from the scene, are now subject to 30-day holds.
One of the six arrestees was also held for an outstanding warrant. And, speaking of warrants, seven more people were arrested today at their South County homes on warrants for their alleged failing to appear on DUI citations, Avoid the 38 just announced.