|Deputy Mike Burkey|
Officers from the Wooster Police, Wayne County Sheriff and Ohio Highway patrol had their briefing and made their plans. This was not a SWAT operation however.
This was a DUI checkpoint.
Lt. Chad Enderby from the Highway patrol was overseeing the operation. Much of his time was spent insuring that the checkpoint was conducted in the manner approved by the Ohio Supreme Court. Some of the rules are puzzling when you consider the fact that the goal is to catch drunk drivers.
Some of the rules...announcing the location of the checkpoint in the media, placing signs well ahead of the checkpoint location that allow drivers to avoid the checkpoint completely. These are rules placed by the courts and on this night they were followed to the letter.
Traffic cones were placed along the roadway to help insure the officers safety. The plan called for traffic to be checked in both directions and four officers lined both lanes.
|Patolman Matthew Simon|
This scene was repeated for a total of 833 cars during the evening. No DUI offenders were found. Was the checkpoint a failure? Maybe not.
The next day I was at a public event and I overheard two conversations pertaining to the publicizing of the checkpoint. In both cases the person doing the talking said something to the effect of “I knew they were doing the checkpoints, I was not going to drink just one beer and risk it”. One of these people said they changed their plans and stayed at home.
Maybe the checkpoint was more effective that the numbers show.