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Is checkpoint snitch a hero or bad guy?

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Is checkpoint snitch a hero or bad guy?
With the cops out setting up DUI checkpoints for the Memorial Day holiday, now is a great time to talk about Mr. Checkpoint. Sennett Devermont is actually the man behind the title. Co-founder of dating site DateUp, which was sold to IAC, Devermont sends out texts and tweets about police checkpoints in California as soon as he receives the information. And with 43,000 followers on the Mr. Checkpoint Twitter account, and 20,000 receiving the information via a text message, the alerts go out to a pretty large audience.

Typical text message from Mr. Checkpoint, note the ads on bottom

Typical text message from Mr. Checkpoint, note the ads on bottom

One stat thrown around by those in favor of Mr. Checkpoint's service is that knowing about the police activity in advance leads to a 20% drop in DUIs and fatalities stemming from DUIs. But not everyone is a fan. MADD's Pat Rillera says, "While we support the publication of checkpoints as a deterrent to drunk driving, sites like Mr. Checkpoint alert drunk drivers so they can evade arrest. It's not meant as a positive."

While Mr. Checkpoint is free, the service is supported by ads. Devermont says that he has sent out 1 million texts since the service started last August. His decision to provide this service might not have anything to do with profits or providing a service. It might actually be payback for a few incidents that Devermont has had with the cops. One time, he failed a field sobriety test while the breathalyzer showed no alcohol in his system.

The service starts with text messages beginning at 7pm each evening with information provided by the Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County Sheriff's Department, San Diego Police Department and other police departments. To subscribe, one just needs to text NODUI to the number 51515.  When subscribing, you are asked to check a box promising not to drink and drive.  You can also sign up via Twitter or through the Mr. Checkpoint website.

Is Mr. Checkpoint a hero or bad guy? Does his service save lives or help drunk drivers avoid detection? Let us know what you think by dropping your comment in the box below.

source: Mr.Checkpoint, LAWeekly via CNET

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posted on 27 May 2013, 07:49 2

1. jsdechavez (Posts: 676; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


bad guy!!

posted on 27 May 2013, 08:36 2

2. james004 (Posts: 440; Member since: 15 May 2013)


people who dislike this^ comment, like to die. I dont want to die by some drunk driver, so yes i would say bad guy too.
how do i know drunk driver kill people? my close friend died because he thought it was cool to be drunk and drive.

posted on 27 May 2013, 15:50 3

7. 14545 (Posts: 983; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


So because he killed himself drunk driving that means that unlawful search and seizure of your property is ok, and a good thing? Not to mention, most people killed by drunk drivers are at night, and if you are out at that time of night then you deserve what happens to you. Lastly, as stated above in the article, cops are thugs and gave Mr. Checkpoint a DUI even though he had no alcohol in his system. So that costs him money with no recourse against the state. The state should be forced to reimburse you for cases that are ruled in your favor since you were proven innocent in a court of law. Why should you be out money and time for a stupid jack booted thugs mistake? Did you bother to read the article? Personally, I would rather deal with drunks than hot headed thugs with a badge. This is no different than the IRS situation. They get to say "sorry", but good people like Snipes get to pay with their freedom. So excuse me if I think anything to avoid the pigs are a good thing.

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:03 4

3. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Checkpoints impede traffic. The cops should give themselves tickets.

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:40 2

4. Sakmann67 (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 May 2010)


Rollin down the street, smokin ENDO, sippin on gin and juice
Laid back [with my mind on my money and my money on my mind]

posted on 27 May 2013, 11:34 2

5. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


In Germany and other European coutries they announce (via radio stations) checkpoints and spots where cops are sitting. I feel that in the right scenario it can be a useful tool, but of course there will always be people who will use irresponsibly...

posted on 27 May 2013, 14:23

6. TruPatriot (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 May 2013)


Check points are unconstitutional. The money spent on them is a waste and the time the cops spend there could be better used deterring more serious crimes. This is America where we are free. If you don't like freedom feel free to go live in some other fascist country. We have fought for our rights and will not give them up easily like some of you.

posted on 27 May 2013, 15:54 2

8. 14545 (Posts: 983; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


"This is America where we are free."
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. Now that I have pulled myself up off the floor from laughing so hard, it *should* read:

"This is America where we were once upon a time, a long time ago, free.

Unless you are >110 years old you don't know what real freedom is. Neither do I. But I would love to get back to a reasonable, freedom loving country we were founded to be.

posted on 27 May 2013, 16:17 1

9. zrated (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


i read about freedom in a book, once. clearly, the tired, old, "america is a free country" cliche is silly, but i'm trying to take TruPatriot's advice and go live somewhere else.

it's not as easy as it sounds. funny how he(?) says, "go live in some other fascist country". other than this fascist country? no, thanks, i'm headed to a free(er) place.

posted on 28 May 2013, 15:34

10. threed61 (Posts: 116; Member since: 27 May 2011)


110 years ago, your fellow Americans could and would stop you from saying what you pleased if it offended the local morals.
Women and people of color had only the freedoms allowed them by white males and were denied the that most essential freedom, the right to vote.
Travelers were routinely stopped by the locals to make sure they were "ok", and those who went off to rural America lived in fear of every stranger that approached.
You may not like being told what to do, but Americans have never been more free to act as they like than now.

posted on 28 May 2013, 20:43

11. 14545 (Posts: 983; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Nowhere did I say that it was perfect. But the BS, mostly, that you mention, was not lack of freedom. Your "fellow" americans couldn't outright stop you from doing what you wanted. Second, the government itself was magnitudes of orders smaller, and this was before the government targeted citizens and imprisoned them, or targeted them, for not loving government. If you don't see that, then you sir are a blind little sheep. It's time we actually create what the founders envisioned, and that didn't include slavery.

Also, where in the h377 did this come from?
"Travelers were routinely stopped by the locals to make sure they were "ok", and those who went off to rural America lived in fear of every stranger that approached."
Are you freaking kidding me? Give me a break.

posted on 29 May 2013, 10:28

12. threed61 (Posts: 116; Member since: 27 May 2011)


DIDN'T include slavery?!! Do you know anything about your own history, what do you think the civil war was fought over?
Prior to world war I, if you lived in a city you worked for the wealthy, you lived in their houses and you followed their rules or you didn't work and didn't have a job.
If you were a farmer, you worked for the bank, and the local merchants, bankers and preachers set the rules, speak out and find yourself cut of from credit and goods and invited to move on.
As far as travel, once outside of law enforcement and troops you traveled heavily armed, and when you got near settlements they would indeed give you the who, what, why, where to make sure you weren't dangerous. Marauding gangs weren't just a story in westerns.
Search for the history of agitators in America and see how free things really were.
A mission to keep government in check is a good task for all citizens, but when it comes to freedom of speech and choices this is truly the golden age of American history.
And while you're at it, remember it is private business that's keeping track of all your free public and private utterances in exercise of your freedoms. All of that can endanger your future jobs, credit, education and associations without the government ever lifting a finger.

posted on 29 May 2013, 22:13

13. 14545 (Posts: 983; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Yes, that's what the civil war was fought for. And barney is a real dinosaur. You have no clue as to why included the 3/5 rule, do you? Hey, keep on keeping on. Clearly you know so much......Heck, if you love 90% tax rates and borderline communism(AKA, the great depression courtesy of FDR) then feel free to head to china. Me personally, I want the ideals this country was actually founded on. That is LIFE, LIBERTY, PROPERTY. (Yes, Property was changed in the Declaration of Independence because slaves were considered property. And they didn't want that to be used against them.) Also, maybe you should ask yourself why Europe was able to abolish slavery without a war? The Civil War had NOTHING to do with slavery, and everything to do with Lincoln wanting to move the federal government into a position of power over the states. When the Constitution set up a system of SMALL, LOCAL government. But hey, as you said, we are oh so free. So free that I can't make the choice for myself to wear a seatbelt without being taxed(ticketed) for doing so. I have the government trying to decide(permanently) who I can and can't marry. We have a government that picks winners and losers in the market......(See Fisker or GM) We have a government that uses the tax system to pick on certain individuals or groups. We have a government that wants to regulate the internet and spy on us with drones. But yes, you are correct, we are more "free" than any point in time. You know so much about history and life, that much is obvious. Geez. And people wonder why I believe there is no hope for society and I actively try and leave it.

posted on 30 May 2013, 08:56

14. threed61 (Posts: 116; Member since: 27 May 2011)


I wish you good luck in your effort to return to the 18th century.

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