New DUI Checkpoint Law Closes Drunk Driving Loophole

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Just in time for the long Independence Day weekend, police could have a new tool in the fight against drunk drivers.

A bill that worked its way through the state legislature will help clear a legal hurdle faced by the police, according to our sister station WPMT.

A recent state supreme court ruling had suspended drunk driving checkpoints involving officers from multiple police departments, communities with formal agreements on the books were in the clear.

"The recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court case, Commonwealth Versus Hlubin, it actually made illegal some of the multijurisdictional law enforcement task forces that we see all across Pennsylvania, keeping Pennsylvanians safe," explained Rep. Rob Kauffman of Franklin County.

Governor Wolf is expected to sign the bill, House Bill 1614, into law on Tuesday, July 2, and it would go in to effect immediately.

10 comments

  • concernedlocal

    Deterrent. If having the check point keeps even one drunk off the road, bravo. Catch a couple, even better. Pick up a few outstanding warrants, gravy. If there was another way to the fight the bad choices people make that put rest of us at risk — please explain. I usually stay off the roads on the ‘drinking’ holidays due to the tragedies drunk drivers have already caused in my family and friends.

  • Giggity-MF-goo

    Road Pirates win again! An insider told me once that they catch very little drunks at these. Random traffic stops net more. Thats all its about anyways, that Money! Yea yea yea what if it were my kid… i hear the moans n groans. Bottom line – money hungry mob

    • Matthew Bower

      They do this and yank people out of cars for warrants. They did it to me once but it was after the warrant was already taken care of. Was Salem township police in bloomsburg. Me and my wife were on our way to the er while she was pregnant and they pulled me out of the passengers seat and cuffed me. I was pissed. They definitely arent after drunk drivers.

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