In response to William F. Klepper’s letter blasting mayoral candidate Joe Ayala for posting on his Fb web page the placement of a DUI checkpoint in Simi Valley, I provide the next:
1. Drunk drivers don’t scour social media within the hopes of discovering these areas to allow them to drive drunk with impunity.
2. If the aim of those checkpoints, as Klepper asserts, contains busting folks for expired licenses and registrations, then don’t name them DUI checkpoints. Higher but, go away DMV work to the DMV, and possibly to officers who really pull over motorists for possible trigger.
3. Posting the placement permits law-abiding residents to keep away from doubtlessly expensive delays, which will be particularly vital in pressing conditions.
4. Research present that these checkpoints, whereas a profitable time beyond regulation gig for taking part officers, present little proof of catching drunk drivers. They do, as Klepper contends, catch expired licenses and registrations, bringing appreciable income to the state by penalizing those that, as a rule, can least afford it.
5. William, let’s say this collectively: Transparency and respect can go a good distance in holding Simi Valley secure.