As if you needed another reason to call a cab when you're wasted, the Olathe Police Department has spiced up the boring old DUI checkpoint. Drunken Kansans trying to drive home no longer must merely have to keep sharp eyes out for checkpoint signs and officers wielding breathalyzers. That's far too easy.
Last night, the tricky Olate PD set up a Cinco de Mayo stop and disguised it as a road-construction zone, KCTV5 reports. As motorists passed a cop dressed up like a road worker, the officer glanced inside each vehicle looking for unbuckled riders. He then notified waiting police, who administered sobriety tests to drivers who appeared intoxicated and issued citations for driving while not buckled up.
Olathe PD Sgt. David Haldeman told the station, "One thing this does is
it gives us a large amount of face time. We get
to pull over a lot of people in a short period of time." He added that
unlike traditional DUI stops, this covert
pothole-filler-is-going-to-bust-your-ass style of checkpoint allows
officers to catch two kinds of dangerous driving.
Coming soon: Olathe police officers dressed as panhandlers on highway on-ramps looking for expired tags and intoxicated drivers.