Thursday, January 10, 2013

Serpas Signal

This is another instance of NOPD sending out the notice late in the evening the night before the checkpoint is scheduled to take place and then writing "tomorrow night" in the text of the message instead of a date so as to create confusion among people seeing it in their inboxes on the morning of the event.  It says.

Sobriety Checkpoint

New Orleans, LA - As required by the Louisiana Supreme Court, the New Orleans Police Department is issuing a public advisory regarding a sobriety checkpoint that will be conducted tomorrow night. 
The New Orleans Police Department’s Traffic Division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the Orleans Parish area beginning at approximately 9:00 P.M., and will conclude at approximately 5:00 A.M.  Motorists will experience minimal delays and should have the proper documentation available if requested, i.e., proof of insurance, driver’s license, etc.
Because this message was sent at 10:14 PM on Wednesday January 9, we must assume that "tomorrow night" refers to the evening of Thursday January 10 beginning at 9 PM although there is some doubt.  I'm sure that's intentional.

Anyway it hardly matters if you're downtown since the entire CBD and much of the French Quarter is one big roadblock right now due to the gilding of the streets so that they may please His Majesty Goodell when he arrives.

Meanwhile, in a related story, here's a report on arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States over whether or not Serpas has the authority to randomly bleed you without a warrant.

Update: Checkpoint is indeed tonight (Thursday Jan 10 into Friday morning) Location is Carondelet and Calliope. Drive safely.

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