Post details: Steven Anderson's 'Ode To The Border Patrol'


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Steven Anderson's 'Ode To The Border Patrol'

(Compliments of RP4409)

Steven Anderson is the traveler recently brutalized by the Border Patrol and Arizona Department of Public Safety at an internal suspicionless checkpoint East of Yuma, Arizona. I previously blogged about his experience here but the above video pretty much says it all.


"As part of the Davis HELPS campaign, the Bountiful Police Department was also planning a checkpoint on 500 South throughout the weekend. During a checkpoint set up in Bountiful four months ago, police pulled over 12 drunken drivers in one night, Ross said."
Permalink 2009-06-28 @ 12:26
Comment from: David [Visitor]
The comment above seems to be contradictory. It reads that a "checkpoint...pulled over 12 drunken drivers in one night." Saturation patrols and roving patrols "pull over" drunks; checkpoints do not.
My guess is that the majority of those 12 were apprehended using the more effective roving patrols.

Every piece of research I find shows that the saturation patrol (or roving patrol) is less costly and more effective than the checkpoint:

1.The FBI compared saturation patrols vs. checkpoints in Ohio, Missouri, and Tennessee. The study showed that, “Overall, measured in arrests per hour, a dedicated saturation patrol is the most effective method of apprehending offenders.” (Source: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, January 2003)

2. "I'm no big fan of them," Chief Deputy Pat Butler [Ohio County, West Virginia] said about checkpoints. "They're OK for informational purposes, but I think DUI saturation patrols are much more effective." (Source: Kansas City Star, July 8, 2008)

3. "States with infrequent checkpoints claimed a lack of funding and police resources for not conducting more checkpoints, preferred saturation patrols over checkpoints because they were more "productive," and used large number of police officers at checkpoints." (Source: Accident Analysis and Prevention, November 2003)

4. “If you look at statistics, statistics will probably tell you a saturation patrol is more successful…” said Lt. David Kloos, barrack commander for the Maryland State Police Hagerstown barrack. A typical checkpoint uses about 10 troopers for five hours and costs about $2,000, he said. During the last State Police checkpoint in Hagerstown, held Oct. 31, troopers stopped 880 cars and made three DUI arrests, Kloos said. Saturation patrols watching alternate routes around the checkpoint made one additional DUI arrest, he said. A saturation patrol without a checkpoint requires only three or four troopers and costs a fraction of what a checkpoint costs. (Source: Hagerstown Herald Mail December 28 2008)

5. I personally corresponded with Boone North Carolina Police Chief Bill Post regarding a November 20 2008 checkpoint in Boone. Chief Post told me that 10% of drivers are impaired after 10pm. This would mean (he said) that 10% of drivers are arrested per checkpoint. In fact, the arrest rate at the November 20 checkpoint was 1-2%. (Source: Correspondence with Chief Post November 28 2008).

6. A checkpoint in Tucson Arizona yielded a less than one percent arrest rate. A total of 571 vehicles passed the checkpoint, with 4 DUI arrests, a rate of 7/10 of one percent. (Source: Pima County Sheriff’s Document October 5 2005; posted on this web site)

7. A Sept. 28 2007 Summit County, Ohio checkpoint failed to make one drunk driving arrest. Officers stopped 1,242 vehicles on Canton Road in Lakemore and didn't find a single drunken driver. (Source: Akron Beacon Journal October 2 2007)

8. Checkpoints have failed to reduce alcohol-related fatalities:

U.S. Alcohol-related Fatalities

(Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

9. People do not support checkpoints when they know the facts. This survey is from Washington State:

From, 2008:

Gov. Chris Gergoire’s plan to institute checkpoints to catch drunk drivers has stalled in Olympia. Judging by the results of an online poll by the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force, local residents wouldn’t have taken too kindly to it either.
From Traffic Safety Coordinator Doug Dahl:
Two weeks ago our online poll asked Whatcom County drivers if they wanted sobriety checkpoints in our state. Visitors to our site overwhelmingly voted “NO” to DUI checkpoints. The final results were as follows:
yes: 20% (30 votes)
no: 80% (117 votes)

Anyone interested in identifying checkpoints in North Carolina to raise awareness should contact David at

Permalink 2009-07-02 @ 18:45
Comment from: Guy Mac [Visitor]
Yikes, this guy is now basically calling for the death of the president and the murder of homosexuals.
Permalink 2009-08-25 @ 20:12
Comment from: Checkpoint USA [Member]
Yes - he's made some pretty hateful comments. This article sums up my thoughts on the subject pretty well though:
Permalink 2009-08-27 @ 23:03

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While I refer to court cases along with state and federal law frequently in this blog, nothing written here should be construed as legal advice. I am not an attorney. Rather, I'm someone concerned about the growing disregard for individual rights present at all levels of government.

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