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LEX 18 Investigates- New Rules For Roadblocks

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If you don’t see any roadblocks tonight while out celebrating the New Year, it’s because police have to advertise when and where the roadblocks will be held.

The Kentucky Supreme Court recently overturned a DUI conviction after ruling the roadblocks a violation of state and federal constitutional rights.

Civil Rights advocates are praising the court rulings.

Police in Kentucky can’t set-up a roadblock without jumping through a lot of hoops.

“You are driving your car, you haven't done anything wrong, and for those of us that believe in the fourth amendment, the right to be free from the unreasonable search and seizure, I take offense at that,” said Lexington attorney Fred Peters.

The site for a roadblock has to be approved, a police supervisor has to be present, and the location, time and how long police will be stopping cars has to be advertised.

Roadblocks are highly structured, the use of which has been debated for years.

When police do set-up they are certain to snag a couple of drunk drivers almost every time.

“In Lexington they really don't do them that often, if they get a federal grant and they send a press release out and they mainly do two places in town, they do it right in front of Rupp arena on high street and they do it on Armstrong Mill road going in the back entrance to heartland subdivision,” said Peters.

LEX 18 has not been made aware of any road blocks in the area for tonight.

To check out roadblocks in set up in counties covered by KSP post 7, click here. To check out roadblocks set up in counties covered by KSP post 12, click here

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