W.Va. State Police address viral video on DUI checkpoint - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

W.Va. State Police address viral video on DUI checkpoint

Posted: Updated:


West Virginia State Police issued a press release, Thursday, addressing a viral video recorded at a DUI checkpoint in another state.

Sgt. Michael Baylous said he hopes to address any concerns or questions.

Courts determined the DUI checkpoints serve as a legitimate purpose concerning public safety and are constitutionally valid.   The following court decisions allow for the establishment of DUI checkpoints.
"Failing to cooperate with officers who are lawfully performing their duties at a DUI Checkpoint will most likely have legal consequences," said Colonel C. R."Jay" Smithers.  "Officers are trained to detect criminal activity, including driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  If a motorist acts in a manner which creates either reasonable suspicion or probable cause that criminal activity is taking place, then the motorist and the public should expect the officer to investigate the circumstances further.  During such instances, a further inquiry serves the best interest of both officer and public safety."