ACPD to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday

by ARLnow.com September 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm 12,176 78 Comments

Arlington County Police will be conducting  a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, Sept. 21 as part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunk driving enforcement effort.

Together with the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, ACPD officers will set up a checkpoint at an undisclosed location Friday night.

“Officers will stop all vehicles passing through the checkpoint and ask to see the licenses of drivers,” the police department said in a press release. “Any driver suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be directed to a safe area off the roadway for further observation and possible testing for intoxication. The maximum penalty in Virginia for the first conviction for driving under the influence is 12 months in jail, a $2,500 fine and a 12-month suspension of driving privileges.”

  • Glebe Roader

    There you have it. We’ve been warned. Whatever your thoughts on the issue of checkpoints, don’t drive after drinking in Arlington this Friday night. No excuses.

    • Personal Responsibility

      How about don’t drink and drive ever. Does anyone really need a checkpoint to remind them of that? Man people are morons. How many deaths do you have to hear about untill you take responsibility for your actions. Arlington has plenty of options to get to and from bars without driving. No sympathy for drunk drivers, none at all.

      • charles

        Couldn’t they come up with a slogan that rhymes? “sober and “over” do not rhyme.

        • RhymeTime

          Yes it does. It’s an assonant feminine rhyme.

          • Respondee

            Fine line! Well done.

          • RhymeTime


  • Mary-Austin

    That’s my birthday…guess I should find a dd.

    • Regis

      Yep, that’s always what I’m looking for on my birthday.

      • SomeGuy

        The more double-Ds, the better.

        • Quoth the Raven

          Just spat out coffee. Thanks.

        • WeiQiang

          I don’t even know what that means and I laughed.

          • drax

            You wouldn’t care anyway.

        • Mary-Austin

          Oh lawwd…Maybe I’ll just go to CCR to celebrate.

          • WeiQiang

            … or Ziegfield’s in DC.

          • Mary-Austin

            Haha I’ve been there it was fun…but not many dd’s to be found.

          • WeiQiang

            They may not be home grown, but they’re real. lol

          • Mary-Austin

            I like the upstairs better. Jason is my favorite!

          • WeiQiang

            Never been upstairs. That’s my story.

          • JamesE

            if you do please invite me, I’ll even buy you a PBR.

  • dallynd

    Or you could not drink? Seriously – who even takes that risk? Much less in Arlington. Metro, cab, walk.

  • McChipstah

    There goes [email protected] of Beer

  • JamesE

    Why does anyone drive to bars in this area? Cab + metro, or just walk. Fairfax and Maryland residents need not apply.

    • Hank

      Absolutely. It’s ridiculous that people will drive drunk in Arlington when we have a sh!tload of options to carry our inebriated souls throughout the county. I bet you can even ride the Clarendon Skank home.

    • PikerShorts

      She’ll take exception to that when she leaves Mister Day’s house

    • drax

      It’s especially dangerous in Arlington because if you get arrested here, you’re presumed guilty without any doubt on this board.

  • DCBuff

    How about checkpoints for distracted female SUV drivers on N. Fillmore?

    • New Caanan


    • CW

      They could just hang up a net.

      • SHLady


  • Strikeforce Checkpoint

    Ok keyboard warriors…if you could set-up a DUI checkpoint, where would we net the most DDs in one night? GO!

    • malaka

      wholefoods parking lot

    • Buckwheat

      Crystal City Restaurant


    • Captain_Obvious

      The corridor in front of ballroom.

    • WeiQiang

      Freddie’s rear entrance.

      • Freddie

        I’m open for business!

        • Daddy Wood

          Anywhere on Columbia Pike – leave my boys in Clarendon alone.

          • JP

            The last one was on the Pike. Your turn now!

          • Rick

            The last one was on Washington by the Giant and Casual Adventure…

          • Billy

            Really, that doesn’t seem like the usual drunk route? Clarendon Blvd/Wilson would be a good spot.

    • CW

      395 South, headed back to Hoodbridge etc.

      • Bottleneck

        Fairfax and Glebe or Wilson and Glebe in Ballston. Google traffic says that’s the most congested area at the moment. Would guess it’d be about the same in 12 hours. Plus the Ballston parking garage is there.

    • Not Me

      Washington Blvd towards 395S from Clarendon! Boom!

      • FrenchyB

        Good spot. I’d also check Glebe Rd. heading south towards 395, and Fairfax Dr. westbound to 66.

        • Not Me

          Good call. I-66/Fairfax Dr. is definitely another good one!

    • JamesE

      right at the exit of any parking garage in Ballston/Clarendon

    • The Perfect Spot

      On route 50 or 66 as you come into Arlington from DC between 2-4 am. That’s where you’ll get all of the Arlington, Falls Church, Annandale, etc… residents heading home from DC.

    • JohnB2

      Fairfax Dr right by the entrance to 66. It would catch pretty much everyone who parties from Ballston through Courthouse who lives out west.
      The other option is Rosslyn right by the entrance to 395s, you get all the Arlington and DC partiers who live south of DC.

    • craig


      • JamesE

        Taco Bell

    • Chet

      In front of your mom’s house!

  • Richard Cranium

    Lee Highway. The officers could also double as crossing guards for inebriated pedestrians.

    • PikerShorts

      Good one

  • nag

    Lee highway overpass 66

  • Pt

    I Uber Here, there, I uber everywhere…

    • JamesE

      Uber is nice, took it on the way home from Brew at the Zoo.

  • Brownflipflops

    Put it on Washington Blvd headed to Rt 50/I-395 in Clarendon. I’ll drink some beers and watch people get arrested from my front porch.

    • Ren

      You could even hand ’em out to the cops and watch ’em arrest each other! D’oh!

    • John

      You called it. That’s exactly where it was placed.

  • Mr. Obvious

    If they’re pulling everyone over regardless of whether they’ve been drinking, the slogan should be “Drive and Get Pulled Over. Period.”

    • creative

      Good call

  • matt

    one time i was going to my buddys place in bethesda. I picked up a 6 pack on the way over, by the time i got there, there was only 2 beers left. Epic

    • Me ke

      Wow and you admitted to that and then called it Epic….how about selfish, prospective killer, suicidal or just simply moron

      • Ralph

        Don’t feed. Matt is a troll.

    • kevin

      assuming he’s average sized male he’d actually not be over the legal limit. Adding .02 per beer BAC to his presummed 0.00 start puts him at .08. Actually a tid bit less since by the time he finished number 4 a little bit of his first would have left his system.

      of course he would be driving with open container which is illegal

  • JnA

    Massive police presence on major streets and roads while ignoring neighborhoods? What else is new? Oh, their other major responsibility is protecting retail establishments from shoplifters.

    BTW, last year the cops watched hundreds of falling down intoxicated patrons of Shirlington Octoberfest and did and said nothing.

    • drax

      You catch more drunk drivers on major roads, where there are more drivers.

      Shoplifters don’t shoplift after the stores close.

      Drunk people at an Oktoberfest? Imagine that.

      • Ted

        Agreed, the cops are never in the neighborhoods. Which is why there is massive running of stop signs in mine.

        Agreed. Shirlington Octoberfest is disgraceful.

  • Gogogaryo

    It’s almost always on 50. It’s the only major thoroughfare they can shut down with that sort of production. It’s a three ring circus. Anywho… I happen to have a family member that recently blew an ungodly BAC and was nearly put to death by the Arlington prosecutors. Fortunately Our county jail is a resort compared to other localities. Anyway, it was a long 8 days in the clink for a first offense. Drinking and driving is costly enough… But You can deal with that. May God help you if you kill someone. You cannot deal with that.

    • Parkington

      Last one was on George Mason near Columbia Pike

  • The Amish

    Don’t drink OR drive.

  • david

    well, scratch Arlington… drink in dc, Reston, or fairfax tonight

  • Kyle

    Add to that list of punishments for first time convictions (as of July 1st, 2012): mandatory, 6-month installation of of ignition interlock device.

  • Ted

    You’re just asking for trouble if you drive on a main thoroughfare late at night. Too many intoxicated persons who are not driving 4-wheel vehicles.

  • Friday Night

    No one conversing with drivers on George Mason Drive between Columbia Pike and Lee Highway.

  • JP

    Apparently this one was on Washington Blvd near Quincy Street.

    • John

      There were two checkpoints that night. Both on Washington Blvd. Is there anyway to tell how many people were “caught”? To find out if the operation was successful? The names (of the innocent until they are found guilty in a court of law)? Lets dig.

  • James Madison

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    • John

      I love you.


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