DUI Checkpoint Tonight on MacArthur Causeway

Categories: Road Rage

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The big party starts tonight in South Beach, and local police are determined to keep drunk drivers out. (Makes sense, no?)

With Urban Beach Week beginning in earnest this evening, local police will implement a DUI checkpoint on the eastbound MacArthur Causeway beginning at 8. A team of at least 15 to 20 cops will use cones and a "chute" method to block off sets of 20 cars at a time and inspect drivers for consumption. The idea, obviously, is to stop drunk drivers before they even arrive on the Beach and cause all kinds of problems.

See also: Miami Beach Plans Traffic Loop, Huge Police Presence for Memorial Day Weekend

Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said the checks will be random, but offered a stern warning to anyone thinking of drinking before driving to the Beach: "If you're driving under the influence and you're coming to Miami Beach," he said, "you are going to jail. So take a cab."

The checkpoint lasts until 6 a.m. and will be in place only tonight, although license plate readers will be placed on all causeways for the duration of the weekend. A traffic loop in South Beach will also be in effect, as well as a greatly increased police presence.

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DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

Armed white people on mood-altering pharmaceuticals are the biggest danger to society.  I hope the police will use this tactic (closing all lanes but one) during the boat show, food festival and Art Basel. 

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DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

How come there is no dui checkpoint when ultra is in town? maybe because they are white?

Scott Stjohn
Scott Stjohn

I wonder what the percentages are of those celebrating American urban culture in Miami this weekend and those who have outstanding warrants for their arrest?

Laura Simonelli
Laura Simonelli

Please move the bad behavior to another city already...Ain't it played out by now?? Been at Least 15 years, prob more... Who goes to the same place for this many years?? Lol really

Michael Anthony Miller
Michael Anthony Miller

They use the duo checkpoint to stop everybody, run their plates and ID and arrest those with warrants or riding dirty. Keep the trouble from happening by keep in the trouble makers out.

Brett Edward Sylvia
Brett Edward Sylvia

Shouldn't there be a check point going in the opposite direction? It's not hard to arrive in South Beach sober. Leaving that way is another story.

David Oves
David Oves

Miami has its "thing" with Art Basel, Ultra Fest, and now Urban Weekend...this is expected always...check points from 8pm to 6am? This just means to go home after the AFTER HOURS PARTY

Steven Eysele
Steven Eysele

Aldo Malbec we not going to the beach no worries

Theresa Pinto
Theresa Pinto

Please sign this petition and share, we are trying to get word out right now about this!!! Help stop #UrbanWeekMiamiRacialProfiling - by signing petition http://chn.ge/1njPBh7

Alberto Solano
Alberto Solano

Anouncing the DUI checkpoint in this manner makes it legal. So just avoid it.

Alberto Solano
Alberto Solano

Chgo Dave no it is actually. Scotus has ruled there are. As long as they meet certain requirements.

Mob Marquis Miller
Mob Marquis Miller

FUCK #southbeach. They should just put up a sign that says ( No Niggas Allowed ).

David Walker
David Walker

They forgot to leave out the part where they also beat the crap out of you as you're being arrested. I guess they didnt want the bad publicity.

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

They call this police profiling.  It doesn't work unless you have a checkpoint.  Otherwise you like like a bunch of racists. 

I_eat_Mallards
I_eat_Mallards

@DrumRollPlease Armed white people on mood-altering pharmaceuticals RUN this country. I'd like to see 20,000 fucking rednecks invade Atlanta, and let's hear what educated black folk have to say about that. I bet it's the same thing (and I would agree with them). The fact of the matter is, who commits the most crime in this country? The fact of the matter is that most people who contribute to society in a positive way do not want their city to be "invaded" every year by scumbags who think they are "ballers" We leave and go to The Keys every damn year. The place is trashed, people are shot, stabbed, cars are broken into, women are abused, people are threatened, molested and mugged. 

I_eat_Mallards
I_eat_Mallards

@DRAKEMALLARD.0 Well, douchy, let's count how many shootings and murders have happened during "Urban" Weeken, and how many have happened during Ultra. Do the math...


erngomez
erngomez

it's for Miami Beach. not MB police problem once it leaves the beach. but your right there should be one by city of Miami or FHP afterwards.

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