Paso Robles police arrest 1 DUI suspect, cite 19 drivers

December 19, 2023


Paso Robles police officers arrested one DUI suspect and cited 19 other drivers at a DUI checkpoint on Dec. 15.

From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., officers checked drivers for impairment and licensing requirements. All 19 citations were related to unlicensed drivers.

“We are committed to taking impaired drivers off the road,” Commander Terry Afana said. “Driving under the influence is not only dangerous, but also has major consequences.”

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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The courts have decided that impaired drivers pose such a risk to public safety that they are willing to overlook any Fourth or Fifth Amendment violations. Sort of in the First Amendment and not screaming fire in a theater kind of way. Let there be no doubt that the state, without cause, randomly stopping citizens and forcing them to prove they are not committing crimes is indeed a violation of tge very principles set out in the fourth and by punishing those that do not cooperate (remain silent) the fifth amendment too. Though I think one can make the argument that the founders had no way of conceiving the dangers of modern traffic and they may very well of agreed with this.

On the other hand, what is not arguable is that by going beyond the issue of impairment and using the opportunity to sweep up other unrelated infractions, the police are simply fishing. This violates the spirit in which we’ve agreed to overlook certain constitutional issues for public safety and begins to become an unconstitutional stop, not in the interest of public safety, but merely in the interest of local revenue generation

What was the probable cause for the stops?

Nineteen!!! That’s scary. Doubtful many of those had insurance either… Illegal aliens or what?

HOW can someone possibly post something like that? You have ZERO information on them other than what was posted yet you reduced it to no insurance and immigrants. What a sad story of what weve become.

It’s called basic deduction. Getting a license is expensive and requires ID. Who typically doesn’t have those resources? Illegal aliens. (No one said anything about immigrants lol)

Takes a ton of infractions or a couple DUI’s + to get a license taken away, no way there’s that many from that. Even then it’d likely be listed as suspended.

Are you so sensitive that you cannot face the reality in front of you? Ever heard of toxic positivity? What a sad story of what we’ve become.

What part of” Please address the Policies, events and arguments, not the person. ” is not clear?