NYPD wants Waze App to stop DUI roadblock warnings

According to this story from CNN, the New York Police Department has complained to Google, owners of the Waze traffic app, about DUI roadblock alerts:

The nation’s largest police force is demanding Google stop allowing users to post DUI checkpoint data on its live traffic and navigation application, Waze.

The New York Police Department in a letter to Google says allowing users to upload GPS data of police locations is “encouraging reckless driving.”
“Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws. The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving,” NYPD acting Deputy Commissioner Ann Prunty said in a letter to Google dated February 2.
The letter demands that Google remove any current data and continue to take “necessary precaution” to cease the data posting practice on Waze, Google Maps and any other platform owned or associated with Google.
The Waze website advertises the feature on its website, saying, “Get alerted before you approach police.”
“We believe highlighting police presence promotes road safety because drivers tend to drive more carefully and obey traffic laws when they are aware of nearby police. We’ve also seen police encourage such reporting as it serves as both a warning to drivers, as well as a way to highlight police work that keeps roadways safe,” a Waze spokesperson said in a statement to CNN on Thursday.
“There is no separate functionality for reporting police speed traps and DUI/DWI checkpoints — the Waze police icon represents general police presence,” the spokesperson said.

I was surprised to read this story, because in Illinois, the courts have required that police departments provide advance publicity of a roadside safety check in order for it to pass constitutional muster.  This is because a roadblock is an exception to our constitutional guarantee to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Illinois courts have held that in order for a roadblock to be legal, the police must take steps to avoid unnecessary intrusion and hassle to the general public.  One of these ways is to provide advance publicity.  Another is to make sure that the roadblock is clearly marked with signage.

In fact, if you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I occasionally post information about DUI roadblocks or enhanced enforcement.  I get this information from police department press releases.

In case you are interested, there are additional rules regarding roadblocks, such as that a checkpoint cannot be run at the free discretion of officers.  Instead, supervisory personnel must determine the time and location of the checkpoint, there must be procedural guidelines set up and a plan as to which cars are to be inspected (such as every fifth car) so that it is not random or solely at the discretion of an individual officer.

 

 

 

Vince Young arrested for DUI

From Pro Football Talk:

Former NFL quarterback Vince Young was arrested for DWI in Texas early Monday morning, TMZ Sports reports.

Police pulled over Young around 4 a.m. He was booked into Fort Bend County Jail before posting bail and being released. Fort Bend County is a suburb of Houston, Young’s hometown.

Young, 35 pleaded no contest to drunk driving in 2016 and was sentenced to 18 months probation. He later apologized and said he “understood the seriousness of the situation,” according to TMZ.

Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter arrested for DUI

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From The Blast:

“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gina Kirschenheiter was arrested in Orange County for allegedly driving under the influence.

Kirschenheiter was busted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department after being pulled over just after midnight for a traffic violation in Rancho Santa Margarita, an area of Orange County near where most of the “RHOC” stars live. The resulting car stop led to her arrest and she was transported to a jail in Santa Ana at 3:42 AM where she was booked and released on Friday at 12:02 PM.

She has a court appearance scheduled for later this month….

Gina is owning up to the arrest, saying, “I made a very bad choice the other night after a mom’s night out.” She continues, “I am extremely disappointed in myself and regret my actions wholeheartedly. I have learned a valuable lesson and hope to show you all that this one incident does not define me.”

Courts to be closed due to sub-zero weather

Cook County has announced that courts will be closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019 and Thursday, January 31, 2019 due to expected sub-zero degree temperatures.  The only exception will be bond court at 26th Street and 555 W. Harrison.

This link will take you to Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ order, which includes information concerning rescheduled court dates.

Other courts have officially announced that they will be closed Wednesday, including the Federal Court in Chicago and state courts in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.  You can find information about court closures here:  http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/

 

Darren McFadden arrested for DUI after falling asleep in Drive-Thru lane

From KFSM:

Former Arkansas and Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden was reportedly arrested for driving drunk at a Texas Whataburger, according to our affilate CBS 11 out of Dallas.

The tabloid website TMZ first broke the story on Monday (Jan. 21) reporting that McFadden, 31, was asleep around midnight behind the wheel of a 2019 GMC Yukon in the drive-thru at the Whataburger on West University Drive.

CBS 11 says that McFadden resisted officers during the arrest, and it’s being reported that his drivers side and passenger windows were smashed during the incident.

McFadden is free on a $2,000 bond and faces charges of DWI and resisting arrest, according to Collin County jail records.

Earlier this month, McFadden was announced as an inductee for the 2019 National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame.

 

Chicago traffic stops increased three-fold in two years

From the Chicago Tribune:

Pedestrian stops by Chicago police officers plummeted in number beginning in 2016 after a new state law and an agreement between the ACLU and the Police Department required officers to more thoroughly document and justify the encounters to ease concerns about racial profiling and constitutional violations…

But a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says that at the same time pedestrian stops fell so sharply, Chicago police dramatically increased how often they pulled over motorists.

The number of traffic stops more than tripled, rising from 85,965 in 2015 to 187,133 in 2016, then jumping to 285,067 in 2017, the ACLU said.

The latest report also found that Chicago police stopped African-American motorists at a disproportionately higher rate than whites, Hispanics and Asians…

Multiple Chicago police officers who talked to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said they believe many officers now prefer to pull drivers over rather than stop pedestrians. The documentation they must fill out for traffic stops is much simpler than the lengthy, detailed reports required for pedestrian stops as a result of the department’s agreement with the ACLU, they said.

Police have the authority to pull over drivers who commit traffic violations, but even if a ticket isn’t issued, officers are still required to document the motorist’s race and other identifiers. These so-called blue cards, though, take far less time to fill out than the reports for pedestrian stops, the officers said.

Read the entire article here:  https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-police-traffic-stops-20190111-story.html

Meghan Markle’s brother arrested for DUI

From Fox News:

Meghan Markle‘s estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. was arrested for a DUI on Friday, Fox News can confirm.

According to Oregon State Police, the 52-year-old was “stopped for speeding and officers noticed that he was visibly intoxicated.”

Per authorities, Thomas had a blood alcohol content of .11%  and was issued a citation for a DUI. He was arrested and taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center. Thomas’ green Chevy Silverado was also towed.

Read the entire story here:  https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/meghan-markles-half-brother-thomas-arrested-for-dui