TAYLOR COUNTY—In an effort to protect the rights of the citizens and follow the letter of the law, while ensuring the safety of individuals on the roadways, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department will be holding a DUI/Safety Checkpoint.
According to Chief Deputy Randy Durrett, the check point is slated to take place on Saturday, November 10, from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
“We will once again be set up on U.S. Route 50 West, just west of the Taylor County Emergency Squad,” he reported.
When holding a checkpoint, departments must notify drivers of alternate routes of travel, and Durrett shared that those wishing to not participate in the event may take Pruntytown Pike/Old Route 50 West.
The road intersects with U.S. Route 50, just east of Toothman Ford and near the intersection with Riverside Drive, near the bridge in Fetterman.
During the checkpoint, officers will be checking to make sure that motorists are wearing their seatbelts, are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and that they are following other laws and regulations that drivers must adhere to.
Many people have questioned why departments must announce their checkpoints, and the answer is very simple; to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of citizens.
The amendment states, “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.”
By announcing and publicizing the upcoming checkpoints, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department is adhering to the law, and are ensuring that they are upholding the United States Constitution.
During a checkpoint, before a search can be conducted, an officer must first have probable cause, meaning there must be indication that illegal practices are taking place in the vehicle at the time of the stop.
If anyone has any questions about the upcoming DUI/Safety Check, they may contact the Sheriff’s Department by phone at 304-265-3428.