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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Big Brother and Cameras - Automatic License Plate Recognition System

Automatic License Plate Recognition System
Just spotted and photographed the latest addition to the Sheriff's Office "Big Brother is Watching" arsenal - two trunk-mounted Automatic License Plate Recognition Systems have now been installed on some marked (photo) and unmarked cars.

Automatic License Plate Recognition System

The system has a camera on each side that optically character recognizes a license plate, then compares the license number to massive databases containing the license status of the registered car owner. According to Thomas M. Manson "Every now and then, a technology comes along that changes the way we do business. Automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) systems will revolutionize law enforcement procedure by providing officers instant information about their contacts via the automobile license plate."

It is expected that a single cop could process hundreds or thousands of plates per shift. The databases will be searched, including the FBI's NCIC database for wanted vehicles or plates, for stolen vehicles, for wanted felons, people with outstanding warrants, or outstanding traffic citations.

Manson reports, "Scott McCallum, system analyst for Pinellas County Sheriff's Department in Florida, manages data processing for several of his agency's ALPR units. He addresses its success at reading the variety of national plates, 'We can pretty much read any plate in the U.S. As long as it's a standardize[d] plate with a maximum of seven characters, we're not going to have an issue reading it.'"

The Cost: A two-camera ALPR system currently costs between $20,000 and $25,000.


Pinellas DUI Attorney

USF Study: Designated drivers not so sober

Designated drivers not so sober
"When it comes to going out and drinking with friends, most students are capable of securing a designated driver. But according to a USF study, most of these students are putting their lives in the hands of 'less drunk' rather than 'sober' drivers."

"A group of public relations students, led by assistant professor Kelly Werder, conducted surveys and focus-group research for the Tampa Alcohol Coalition and found most USF students think a DUI has the same consequential impact as a speeding ticket. "

By Elise Bouchard of the USF Oracle

Friday, October 03, 2014

Florida DUI Checkpoint Results - 1000 Stops - Zero Arrests for DUI

Florida DUI Checkpoint Results

A Florida DUI checkpoint nets 10 arrests. But, none of them were for DUI! The Florida Highway Patrol set up the checkpoint. There were actually 1,131 vehicles checked.

Here's the Tally:

Zero arrested for DUI

Two arrested on outstanding warrants.

Seven arrested on felony charges, including six on drug-related charges.

One arrested for misdemeanor drugs.

104 traffic citations issued.
10 faulty equipment warnings were issued.
10 warnings were issued.

Complete Florida DUI Checkpoint Story is Here.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Update - 1 DUI Arrest 4 Vehicles Seized - DUI Checkpoint Map - 4501 66th Street in Kenneth City Florida

DUI Checkpoint Map 

Pinellas County DUI Checkpoint is located at Kmart at 4501 66th Street in Kenneth City from 10 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Saturday.

Update: 1 DUI Arrest 4 Vehicles Seized 

Deputies Release DUI Checkpoint Results

774 vehicles that passed through the DUI Checkpoint
8 physical arrests
4 vehicles impounded.

Previous Details on this Location

Here is our April 2012 report on this checkpoint location:

  1. Pinellas County DUI Checkpoint Tonight | Tampa DUI ...

    DUI Checkpoint 4501 66th St N Kenneth CityFL 33709.
  2. Video on this Location

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Florida DUI Arrest Contest Costs $1,720,000

Give away $18,000
Cost citizens nearly $2,000,000.
9500 percent ROI. 
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer noted, when contests and quotas are in play, some police agencies keep their eyes on the prize. In that case , there is a civil rights lawsuit attacking quotas for DUI Arrests.

Florida DUI Arrest Contest - True Costs

Meanwhile, back in Florida, one small Florida town became the best losers by finishing second in the DUI Arrest Contest that is an ongoing competition to see who can make the most arrests and win cash and prizes. They won $18,000 for 86 arrests. 

Let's do the math (show your work) and find the actual cost to some Americans - $1,720,000. 

86 Arrests x $5,000.00 Legal Fees =   $  430,000
86 Arrests x $2,500.00 Fines =          $   215,000
86 Arrests x $12,500 Insurance =       $1,075,000

Total Estimated Costs to Citizens =                  $1,720,000

Great return on investment. Give away $18,000 and cost citizens nearly $2,000,000. This is a 9500 percent return on investment ( ROI ). 

By the way, the headline read, "Village police win $18,000 for DUI safety equipment." The police in this town also train cops in the faux science of Drug Symptom Recognition. The chief of police sends his"Drug Recognition Enforcement (DRE) program officers to attend numerous DUI checkpoints and training to gain valuable experience."  We have covered the fake science associated with Drug Recognition Experts and their creation by the DUI Industrial Complex here.

Read the complete DUI Arrest Contest Winners story here: 

Previous Florida DUI Arrest Contest Coverage

  • Florida DUI Arrest Contest Winners? | Tampa DUI Lawyer ...
     Rating: 4.9 - ‎Review by Google+
    DUI Arrest Contests, Driving under the influence ( DUI ), Arrest Contest ... contestswere, but it appears that citizens' arrests are prizes in this despicable contest.
  • Pasco DUI Cop | Arrest Contest Winner | Tampa DUI Lawyer ...
     Rating: 4.9 - ‎Review by Google+
    DUI Defense Attorney notes that Pasco DUI cops are continuing their efforts to win DUI arrest contests. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman for the highway ...
  • Florida Drivers are Targets in Law Enforcement Contests ...
     Rating: 4.9 - ‎Review by Google+
    These valuable items were on the line during a sponsored contest to see who was the best in the business in traffic law enforcement. Tampa DUI Attorney ...
  • DUI Arrest Contest Rules and Prizes | DUI Lawyer On Call ...
     Rating: 4.9 - ‎Review by Google+
    DUI Attorney on Florida's West Coast just uncovered the "rules" for a recent DUI ArrestContest. The awards are characterized as DUI enforcement equipment, ...
  • DUI Video | Pasco Florida Highway Patrol Arrest Contest ...
     Rating: 4.9 - ‎Review by Google+
    DUI Video | Pasco Florida Highway Patrol Arrest Contest. Florida DUI Attorney Lawyer continues to be concerned with the game that some police agencies have ...
  • More DUI Arrest Contest News | DUI Lawyer On Call 813 ...
     Rating: 4.9 - ‎Review by Google+
    More DUI Arrest Contest News. DUI Defense Attorney Observes: As we continue to tally the awards given to police officers who arrest drivers, we felt this ...
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Le'Veon Bell Marijuana DUI Police Report

    Le'Veon Bell, dui, marijuana dui, blood test, impairment

    Marijuana DUI Blood Testing - NFL

    A high profile NFL Player DUI arrest of Le'Veon Bell was handled by police with the investigative technique most likely to succeed  - a blood test.. The only scientific way to determine the presence of marijuana (or drugs) and make a medical determination of impairment is a legally obtained blood test for cannabis or drugs.

    Excerpts from a Marijuana DUI Police Report

    "I didn't know that you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I am not high anymore. I am perfectly fine." "Why would I be getting high if I had to get on a plane to make it to my game?"

    Free Legal Advice

    Don't Talk to Cops about getting high. Let me break it down. Without a scientific test to prove drug levels of drugs present in the suspect's body - it is very tough for prosecutors to make a case. In fact, cops admit marijuana impairment in DUI cases is tough to prove. One DUI officer said, "[w]e cannot quantify the marijuana and or any other narcotic and which does make it difficult," said the policeman who was interviewed. "There is not a line in the sand with marijuana or any type of narcotic," said the law enforcement officer.

    Le'Veon Bell Marijuana DUI Police Report

    Le'Veon Bell Marijuana DUI Arrest Police Report
    Le'Veon Bell Marijuana DUI Arrest Police Report
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