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VCU checkpoint over celebratory weekend, plus doughnuts Monday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–Virginia Commonwealth University Police will check for a variety of safety issues during an administrative checkpoint this weekend.

VCU Police will operate a checkpoint from midnight, Saturday, March 15, until 3 a.m. Sunday, March 16, along the 700 block of West Main Street. That’s in their words, and we think that’s meant to be 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Officers will check operator licenses and vehicle registrations and review various safety issues.

Any drunken or drug-impaired drivers will be arrested, police said.

The checkpoint will include law enforcement personnel from the VCU Police Department, the City of Richmond Police Department and the Virginia State Police.

Agents from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control also have been invited to participate.

PHOTO VIA VCU NEWS

PHOTO VIA VCU NEWS

On Monday, March 17, VCU police plan to celebrate the first anniversary of the “Win or Lose Cruiser,” a police cruiser painted as a police car in the front and a taxi in the back to illustrate the high cost of driving under the influence.

The cruiser has been parked at high traffic locations around the university since it was unveiled a year ago, according to VCU’s website.

The number of DUI arrests by VCU Police this academic year has decreased to 113, down 22 percent from 145 arrests a year earlier, according to a news release. 

As part of the celebration, VCU said that police will pass out St. Patrick’s Day-themed doughnuts to students at the VCU Compass from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

4 comments

  • Timothy Perkins

    is this or is this not a violation of our Constitutional rights … 4th amendment “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized ” some one needs to speak up and fight this . they went from DUI check points to this as a accuse for them to make there quotas .. when i go through DUI check points i always ask the police if im been detained . cause without probable cause or unless your been detained for a crime they have no reason to ask for you ID . asking for someones ID does not determine if someone is drunk or not . ( Dont Tread On Me)

  • Karen H

    While I am all for the idea of “Don’t tread on me” I would much rather be pulled over and asked to verify my information than to have someone who is impaired not pulled over and have them kill myself or someone I love because they are driving drunk. DUI checkpoints are beneficial for more ways than one. A bunch of riff raff is removed from the streets during these check points helping to make our cities and hometowns safer. If you have proper registration, insurance, aren’t doing anything illegal and aren’t drunk, what’s the problem? Unless you have something to hide….

  • Zackary

    I generally dislike police officers, but I support check points. Just show them your ID and stop making a big deal out of it.

  • pau

    @Karen H, in some respects you and I have the same personal preferences. I’m willing to voluntarily stop at checkpoints for the added safety. But I’m _not_ willing to force others to do so. There is no justice in violently detaining a person who has not been proven to have done harm.

    In addition to this, I’ve seen some research that indicates that checkpoints are less effective and preventing drunk driving than simply have police officers on the road watching for dangerous drivers.

    Finally, it is not realistic to believe that all police officers will behave well at checkpoints. Some police officers are not good people. Checkpoints can give them the ability to harm innocent people. We also have some unjust laws on the books. Even “good” police officers enforcing these unjust laws results in harm to innocent people.

    The costs of having police officers run these checkpoints is simply too high.

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