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Should the THP reveal all?

Posted Monday, July 2, 2012, at 6:15 AM

A week or so ago the Times-Gazette carried an article which gave dates and locations of roadblocks to be conducted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol during the month of July.

I remember many years ago when drivers who went through a roadblock might call a local radio station and have the location announced on the air. As I recall, THP didn't care for that -- at that time.

Why are they now issuing press releases announcing the times and locations of their roadblocks? I would think they would want to surprise people. I don't want the hassle of going through one, so I'll avoid those roads on the dates listed. Isn't that what an individual would do if he has no license or is drinking? My husband says that the people who drive with a revoked or suspended license or impaired by alcohol or drugs will not read the announcement and won't be aware of the roadblocks.

I still think there should be an element of surprise and the public should not be notified as to the date, time and place.

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I agree with you but I also agree with your husband. In fact, I read the announcement but no longer remember where. That far ahead probably makes little difference unless you saved the paper or wrote it down.

But, my first thought at the time was that announcing it was silly, unless it was misdirection.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 6:41 AM

I've seen it announced before too and thought it was a bit ridiculous. Although my husband had to work one night (driving to Columbia) and due to seeing it ahead of time, he was able to take backroads and avoid it, saving him work time. I think most of the people that it's aimed at are not reading the press releases though. :)

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 11:55 AM

It is now the law, as silly as it may seem.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 2:01 PM


-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 2:05 PM

Some states/counties do use it as a ploy; the actual stop-check is on the by-pass roads. On limited-access highways, the road-block is set up just pass an exit; the cops are waiting at the top of the ramp.

-- Posted by Tyger on Mon, Jul 2, 2012, at 3:24 PM

Quietmike, thank you. I did not know it was a law that the public had to be notified of a roadblock. It seems ridiculous to me.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 8:27 AM

I asked that very same question yesterday to a local State Trooper, as to why advertise the location of road blocks and take away the element of surprise. He stated that once when having a drivers license road block, they cited someone for DUI and that person appealed all the way to the supreme court and the person won. Hence now the new law states that they must give location and purpose for road blocks, and they can not combine the purpose of the road blocks,they must be for a single purpose such as drivers license check or sobriety, but not both at the same road block. Silly law if you ask me.

-- Posted by justwanaknow on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 9:43 AM

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