DUI Roadblock: 240 Sober Drivers, 1 DUI Bicyclist

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on September 24th, 2012

So I’ve posted repeatedly in the past about the pointlessness (not to mention questionable constitutionality) of DUI roadblocks (aka "sobriety checkpoints").  See, for example, Do DUI Roadblocks Work?, Do DUI Roadblocks Work? (Part 2),  Are DUI Roadblocks Constitutional?.  And I’ve commented on the ridiculous extents to which cops will go to find a "DUI".  See, for example, DUI in a Wheelchair?, DUI on a Horse? and DUI on a Lawn Mower.

In today’s news, we have both….

Bicyclist Arrested on Suspicion of Riding Under the Influence

Red Bluff, CA.  Sept. 22
– A man was arrested after he was found to be riding a bicycle while impaired, police said.

The arrest came during a sobriety checkpoint held Friday in Red Bluff, said officers with the Red Bluff Police Department. They said Christopher Pence, 30, of Paradise, rode his bike into the checkpoint area. Officers said they stopped him because he didn’t have a headlight on his bike, as required by law.

Police said Pence appeared intoxicated and was arrested on suspicion of riding a bicycle while under the influence.

About 240 drivers were also screened between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. One man was issued a citation for an outstanding warrant from Butte County. Two others were issued citations for driving with a suspended license, and two other drivers were driving with expired licenses.

Another successful DUI roadblock:  240 drivers stopped…no DUIs — but they made the world safe from one tipsy bicyclist!

  • Maria

    I wonder if he thought he was doing the right thing by not driving? Poor schmuck.

  • Standup

    If they arrested 100 people that night,the Madders would say,”Wow,we got 100 drunk drivers off the road” ! When no one gets arrested,the Madders say,”See, these roadblocks do deter drunk driving”. A win-win thing for the anti alcohol fanatics from MADD.

  • Rachel Cupples

    I believe in the punishment for drinking and driving. This man was arrested on suspicion of riding a bicycle while under the influence. I don’t understand, we are told not to drink and drive. “Drink drive go to jail.” He wasn’t driving, yes it can endanger him by riding a bike while under the influence but at lest he isn’t driving 100 mph and swerving right? The court system should realize that he did choose a safer way, he didn’t drive and that’s all that should matter.

  • Erika F

    I can say it was a good thing to arrest him because it could have been possible to get in the way of the vehicles driving. Although he was wasn't driving a vehicle he was intoxicated and could have swirved in front of vehicles.

  • DUI-The Constitution Need Not Apply

    @ Erika – I can understand how you might come to such a conclusion.  However, the man was no threat to anyone.  Suppose that an intoxicated man was WALKING home from a bar after making a responsible decision that he should not drive.  That man could just as easily stumble into the roadway.  Should that man be arrested because he could POSSIBLY get in the way of vehicles?  Even though he DID NOT actually do it.
    If so, it would likely be for public intoxication.  DUI enforcement is not about reducing/eliminating the incidence of DUI.  If it were, the law and public policy would not punish those that choose not to drive a motor vehicle while impaired.