DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned for Tonight in the City of Martinez

August 29, 2013 18:59 pm · 21 comments

The Martinez Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Thursday, August 29th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in 27 injury crashes harming our friends and neighbors in Martinez,” said Martinez Police Chief Gary Peterson

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Martinez needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Martinez Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.

If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

NRA #1 fan and member August 29, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Let me guess here, 500 cars will pass, 2 arrests for DUI, 1 arrest for no driver license and 1 car towed.

25 pigs working and making OT standing around and eating donuts.

Anon August 29, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Good luck with that, I will do my grocery shopping another night – I don’t need to be harassed even though I don’t even Drink!

Sheila August 29, 2013 at 8:48 PM

We live in Martinez. I hope this is successful.

Let’s keep Martinez a low crime town.

Frank L. August 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM

If one drunk driver is off the road, it’s worth it.

Wait until a friend or family member is killed by a drunk driver.

A totally different ballgame.

old concord August 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Drinking and driving is a horrible thing to do . I think most of us if honest have done it . I did when I was young . Older is wiser . I hope they get as many as possible . You could kill someone . No sympathy here .

Claire August 29, 2013 at 9:54 PM

@ Old Concord-#5

I’ve never driven drunk! I think “most of us” is painting everybody with a broad brush.

Some do, some don’t. And, yes, young people are more likely to drive drunk. Alcoholics drive drunk, regardless of age.

Maybe most of the people you know did it.


Craig Cannon August 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Problem is, the location will already be passed amongst the drunks at the bars, before the 1st Cone is Set Up.

cris p August 29, 2013 at 10:19 PM

THANKS MAYOR, now all the drunks know to go around this checkpoint. Might be smarter to post about this AFTER the fact not give a heads up to the drunks, they all cal there friends and say “hey checkpoint tonight, go around” Also how stupid to have a DUI check point on the Thursday BEFORE labor day, what a waste of money and time. Everyone works friday, Monday is the day off so Sunday night would have been the obvious choice.

femshep August 29, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Why do you include that whole spiel about how great and necessary DUI checkpoints are every time you post about them?

Sunnymoon August 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Thursday night, eh? How about Tuesday around 11am.

Virginia August 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM

@Cris P-8

It doesn’t disclose where the checkpoint is in Martinez. I don’t think people get drunk, read Claycord, call their friends, and avoid undisclosed DUI checkpoint while under the influence.

Nice try, but you don’t make any sense. If this discouraged anyone from driving drunk in Martinez (or anywhere for that matter), then perhaps this news article is even more important.

Think about it……….

Jane August 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Another checkpoint, the same comments. One camp who says they’re pointless (where I belong) and the other who says “as long as one drunk is off the road…”

No one’s going to change anyone’s minds here. I know it’s just a forum full of opinions but the same comments are repeated almost verbatum every time.

Elwood August 29, 2013 at 11:02 PM

My there certainly seem to be a lot of cop haters on here.

Had a few problems with LE have you?

It’s your own stupid fault.

Keith August 29, 2013 at 11:43 PM

@ Jane-#12

If you don’t like the comments, don’t read them! It’s very simple.

I’m definitely on the side of law enforcement. Get the drunks off the road!

Cal August 30, 2013 at 6:41 AM

If your interested in where these funds come from for the City of Concord follow these links.


You can comment on them at the City Council meeting this Monday night.
Share your ideas, if you go they have to listen.

anon666 August 30, 2013 at 7:05 AM

@ #8

I used to regularly go to one liquor store in Concord and the guys that work there would always tell us where the DUI checkpoints were and to avoid that area. It’s not just people’s friends that do that stuff.

Don P - N. Concord August 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The over under on DUIs at the checkpoint is 3.

Idiocracy August 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM

10,000 nationwide! That’s it? And yet 400,000 die from smoking cigarettes! But drinking and driving is more of a priority??. Here’s a question if its 10,000 nationwide deaths then how many happen in California? Considering we have 300,000,000 million Americans its .003% of our population being affected nationwide I mean that’s not a high frequency people = waste of time. and probably at .0003 here in CA.. Im not saying DUI deaths could not have been prevented or that being smashed driving is ok or a complete waste of time but for real … Nazi checkpoints? Super high fines and ruining lives for blowing a .08 ? If you hurt someone/ cause damage then yes punishment , but if you didn’t then take the citizen home not to jail. Jail is for killers, robbers, rapists, pedophiles, and soon to be crooked politicians, but not your average joe who had a few drinks with some food after work going home to relax while some overzealous wimp with badge power trips n ruins the guys life for doing what Most of us have done… spare me the “I never would do that garbage” we all mess up and we all have choice’s but .003% nationwide pffff I think we need to focus on education not police checkpoints because education is a better way to stop DUI’s than through fear tactics.

Lisa August 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

DUI checkpoints do seem to be divided into two camps.

1. Worth it (Responsible people).

2. Not worth it (Irresponsible people).

Whether it’s “cost effective or not”, responsible people err on the side of responsibility. We understand why this is effective, and how it’s effective.

ANON August 30, 2013 at 5:03 PM

“And yet 400,000 die from smoking cigarettes!”

These punks did it to themselves & did not kill other people. Get real

“Super high fines and ruining lives for blowing a .08 ? ”

That’s the law dude– deal with it– just stay home if you have no self control

Idiocracy September 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

#20 your a lame “that’s the law” oh wait 100 years ago the law said it was ok for a man to beat his wife with a stick oh but “that’s the Law” pffff grow a brain

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