In any event, Tomme posted his story and his thoughts into a pretty compelling (if not entirely convincing) case against such checkpoints.
I was put through the paces last night. It was brutal. Sure I had been drinking and the officer was just doing his job. Yet, I felt helpless in that I was completely lucid (albeit wiped out from traveling) and about 3 blocks from my home.
Without a doubt, this was one of those wake up calls. Last night was not a heavy night of drinking by any stretch of the imagination. And yet, I found myself being asked to step out of a vehicle in a grocery store parking lot so I could walk the line. ... It’s amazing that with all the effort that was put into this Checkpoint, no one was found arrested for DUI on this evening.
So, you have a long day, a much needed beer or two, dozens of stops and no arrests. A supreme "waste of time." But, Tomme admits as much that it was a wake-up call. The point isn't just to catch drunk drivers, but rather to put some fear into people before they leave the bars that there just might be a checkpoint in the 5 blocks between the bar and your home.