EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV State Police Respond To Viral YouTube Video
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Reported: Jul. 14, 2013 6:58 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 15, 2013 4:40 AM EDT
Big Otter , Clay County , West Virginia
A YouTube video at a DUI checkpoint in Tennessee has caused quite a controversy.
What happened during the stop has led four million people to watch it online.
Now West Virginia State Police are laying down the law on what is considered acceptable police practice at checkpoints in the Mountain State.
"Our safety, the motorists public safety - those are our concerns when we're out there [at the checkpoints]," Capt. D.L. Lemmon, of State police, said.
Lemmon and fellow troopers conduct several DUI checkpoints throughout the year, and while the police are there for the public's protection, videos of these routine checkpoints have gone viral on the Internet.
"If you're going to video tape or record, you know that's your right," Lemmon said. "However, by the same token, you need to follow the directions of the officers."
In the video from Tennessee, the driver refused and hesitated to follow orders given by the police.
Many people, like the man from Tennessee, who post videos similar to the viral clip, said their constitutional rights are violated during these routine stops.
"If we request your driver's license, for example, you're required to show that to the officer," Lemmon said. "If we direct you over to the roadway, follow the direction of the officer."
Police said it is important for drivers to remember driving is a privilege, not a right.
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