The San Diego Police Department has issued a statement notifying the public that there will be a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, April 15, 2016 at an undisclosed location from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am.
DUI Checkpoints are required to be announced to the public in advance. The agency performing the checkpoint does not have to disclose the location but they must follow a strict set of guidelines established by Ingersoll v. Palmer (1987) 43 Cal.3d 1321:
- Decision-making at the supervisory level
- Neutral formula for stopping motorists
- Proper lighting, warning signs and signals an clearly identifiable official vehicles and personnel
- Reasonable location
- Reasonable time and duration
- Indicia of official roadblock
- Reasonable length and nature of detention
- Advance publicity
Failure to follow these specific guidelines can deem the checkpoint unconstitutional.
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