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Why is there a police checkpoint every weekend, sometimes Thursdays, right in front of Ogden Elementary School on Middle Sound Loop Road?

Matt Tomsic
StarNews

The area around Ogden Elementary School has a high number of alcohol-related crashes, said 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

“I don’t think that area is targeted more than anywhere else,” Morris said. “Alcohol-related collisions occur in that area and that’s one of the better spots for the public, safety wise, to have one.”

The school is near Market Street and Military Cutoff, but officers can’t set up driving-while impaired-checkpoints on those streets because the checkpoints wouldn’t be safe for law enforcement or drivers, Morris said.

But that section of Middle Sound Loop Road is two lanes and has moderate traffic, making DWI checkpoints safe for motorists and police.

“We’ll be out there again,” Morris said. “I assure you.”

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3 Responses to “ Why is there a police checkpoint every weekend, sometimes Thursdays, right in front of Ogden Elementary School on Middle Sound Loop Road?”

  1. On July 31, 2010 at 10:02 am Diana wrote:

    The reason offered by law enforcement to harass the Middle Sound Loop community with routine alcohol/vehicle checkpoints is not rational nor valid. The 2 lanes referenced are only blocks long, afforded by the school and 2 separate roads intersecting a newly installed round-about. While very convenient for law enforcement to say it is “safe” to do it at that location versus Covil Farm Rd/Hwy 17, where there is greater room & light to allow for safety, it is unclear and lame logic. Checkpoints are rountinely set up on 4 lane thoroughfares and hogwash to claim it is “unsafe to do so”.

    Why should the residents of Middlesound Loop Rd. have to suffer the inconvenience of coming home to the prospect of being held hostage, for a possible lengthy period, to regularly scheduled checkpoints like a military base?! This is just plain unfair targeting & treatment of a community by law enforcement.

    Poor lighting & road design for that particular intersection have been as great of contributors to accidents in Middlesound Loop as alcohol, if not more since not all accidents are alcohol related. Besmerching a good neighborhood’s reputation by portraying it a bunch of drunks needing checkpoints at a higher rate than elsewhere sounds interesting to read but has repercussions. I think Matt owes us an apology and an accurate portrayal of the whole picture, at least.

  2. On September 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm Kim wrote:

    You’d think that one would be grateful, regardless where the check point is, that it’s being done. It doesn’t deem this neighborhood a bad place or label the type of community it is. Among all, a since of security and assurance that the law enforcement is doing their job. Making one feel safe in doing so and grateful that their family is safe on the road. If anyone has a problem with it, then they must be one of the driving while drinking problems or have some other issue that’s illegal. Why else would someone have an issue of sorting out a road hazard, verses a piece of mind?

  3. On February 13, 2011 at 8:30 pm JT wrote:

    The only reason that they set up anywhere on Middle Sound Loop is because of the two drinking establishments that are in close proximity to the Loop.



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