DUI Enforcement Operations Planned this Weekend in Concord

October 31, 2013 7:58 am · 26 comments

Officers from the Concord Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.

DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on Friday November 1, and Saturday November 2, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

CPD Traffic Sergeant Cody Harrison said “This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”

In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths in 2011 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 8 lives and resulted in 110 injury crashes harming 154 of our friends and neighbors.

DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.

“California’s roadways are very much safer today than they were just a few years ago,” said Sergeant Harrison “The Concord Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and prevent injuries.”

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!

1 JR of the North October 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Yay.. A suspension of the 4th Amendment.!!! No not really..

If you are a decent, law abiding, unimpaired driver.. The Constitution is still alive and well.. Your rights are your rights. Know them, love them.

When stopped at a D.U.I. Checkpoint.. Provide:
License
Registration
Proof/Insurance.

The first question they ask is “Have you had anything to drink this evening?”

Do not answer any questions.

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects witnesses from being forced to incriminate themselves. Incriminating oneself is defined as exposing oneself to “an accusation or charge of crime,”

In Miranda v. Arizona (1966) the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination requires law enforcement officials to advise a suspect interrogated in custody of his rights to remain silent and to obtain an attorney.

Are they questioning you to make sure you are ok? No, they are looking for signs of impairment, or generally looking inside your vehicle for reasons to develop cause to search or arrest.

You Politely say “Officer, am I free to go?”

You have a 4th Amendment right to refuse search requests, and your refusal does not create reasonable suspicion.

Do not consent to any search.

Politely say “Officer, am I free to go?”

If they choose to detain you any further, they require Probable Cause to do so. If you have not been drinking, not on meds, you have no worries. Hold on to your rights..

If they think that your position is unreasonable, ask if you can go to their home and search their house, their wife’s purse.

The answer will be a NO. (They have the same rights you do)

Typically, if they are asking to do something, they can’t do it unless you consent to such..

DON’T CONSENT.

2 Laura Zah October 31, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Oh yeah, mess with the cops. Great advice.

3 Dear JR of the north October 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM

You are, of course, a complete idiot;

First of all Miranda refers to custodial interrogations, not traffic stops. If you are not in custody, it doesn’t apply.Period.

Don’t answer any questions? Right. This is so bizarre that it goes a long ways towards establishing probable cause. The cops can rely on all observations, including goofy attitudes.

Heres the deal JR: When you get your license back, let us know when you are going to go through a check point so we can all be there to watch you try your own advice.

On second thougtht you may just be a plant, sent by DUI attorneys to drum up business.

4 JRs advice October 31, 2013 at 9:53 AM

pops up on the internet from time-to-time. Its great. Everyone should do it at every check point.

See how it works for you.

5 Spoons made me Fat October 31, 2013 at 9:54 AM

@#1
I saw a guy on YouTube try this – he got drug out of the car by two cops. The last thing you saw was he feet straight up in the air – good thing he took a video of this. He is currently suing them. I don’t have the video link but I’m sure you could Google it.

6 Sheila October 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I’m strongly in favor of DUI checkpoints for obvious reasons.

7 JR of the North October 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

@ Laura Zah..

It’s a free country. If you fear their reaction to you asserting your Constitutional rights, perhaps there are larger issues besides this.

I bet they get really upset that we have a Constitution and rights that prevent them from doing whatever they want.

We are free people, the stop is allowed under a general safety provision. The intrusion, delay, and questioning they can save for people they suspect of being under the influence.

8 Anonymous October 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Very good Jr. You could do this and sue the cops for millions when they falsely arrest you.

Let us know when you collect.

9 Mister Wister October 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

@3,
The idiot here is you. JR’s information is factual. Try looking things up first before you speak, that way you won’t look quite so stupid.

10 JR of the North October 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

@ You are, of course.. A troll..

Miranda warning applies to a custodial interrogation after arrest. But you can maintain the right to remain silent from the start. Anything you say before/during and after Miranda warning will be admissible in court.
Police do not have to give you a Miranda Warning during a DUI checkpoint stop. However, using the Miranda warning framework will keep you our of hot water.

To establish probable cause, police officers must be able to point to objective factual circumstances leading them to believe that a suspect committed a crime. A police officer can’t establish probable cause by saying something like, “I just had a hunch that the defendant was a burglar.”

Asserting your rights isn’t reason enough to cite probable cause.

There is no law that obligates you to answer the officer’s questions (make potentially incriminating statements) during a DUI investigation. You can exercise your Miranda right to remain silent even if the officer doesn’t give you the Miranda warning.

You can use:

“It is my understanding that I have the right to remain silent and not answer any questions. I respectfully decline to answer questions.” OR…

“My attorney advised me that if I’m being investigated for potential criminal conduct then I should have him present. I respectfully decline to answer your questions.”

The above is taken from an DUI Attorney with 40 years experience.
Jon Artz is Los Angeles DUI Attorney–

11 old concord October 31, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Just seams a lot of money gone in one shot and we’re doing it more . Wish we could save this tax money and use it wisely . Law enforcement seams to get the lion’s share of the tax dollar . Cost lots to keep us all from becoming terrorists .

12 Julie October 31, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I like the idea of DUI checkpoints. I want the drunks off the road.

13 BagsFlyFree October 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Wasted money!! These funds should be split between cab fare reductions and owl train/bus service from nightlife areas or select stops. DUI’s happen because there is a lack of getting from A to B without paying $30+ to get home. Stop the problem at the source, not near the destination!

BFF Out!

14 MikeyV October 31, 2013 at 1:41 PM

^^ Nah, DUI’s happen because it’s a cash cow for the police.

Do you think they’d be so hard-up to bust people for DUI if no one had any money?

Nope. If you think they do it for our safety, thing again.

It’s :-( but it’s the reality.

Why do you think cops never go after bums…that’s right…bums have no money.

15 anonymous October 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Dear JR

You do realize the information you are putting out comes from a DUI attorney? How does he get clients? Because idiots do stuff like this. Piss off the cops and act like a toad and see how far it gets you. (hint) have bail money with you.

And Mr Wister, the information that you believe is sacrosanct is plain silly. But you keep on truckin’

Neither of you get the point. The cops need probable cause to arrest someone for DUI. Thats all. Probable cause can come from anywhere, driving, odors, and conduct. The conduct part is subjective, get it? Start quoting the law and case law to the cops and you are at a disadvantage, because they know far more about it then you do and have watched lots of people play your silly games. Those game players are frequently called prisoners.

16 Pro Choice....Gun owner October 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM

JR of the North good advice.

17 anonymous October 31, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Mikey V: Nice thoughts that the cops only arrest DUIs for the revenue. Of course last night a local Officer in Illinois was killed by a DUI, but they wouldn’t care about a small thing like that.Would they Mikey?

Cops see what DUIs do every day and it ain’t pretty. Be a cop, and go to a wreck where a DUI kills a mother of four, see a paraplegic teen aged girl and the average cop wouldn’t care a bit , would he Mikey?

Just because you, and Mr Wister, and JR, think this is a big game , dont make it so-.Its life or death stuff.

I think drunk drivers are little better then child molesters, but maybe thats just me.

18 Horse'n Around October 31, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Mickey V. That’s right! Bums have no money. So I guess they don’t have a car either.

19 leo November 1, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Or, here’s a thought, just don’t go through the checkpoint. After you see the huge, lit up sign, it is required that an avenue exists for you to turn and avoid the checkpoint.

20 anonymous November 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Nice to hear from area alcoholics

21 Horse'n Around November 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

I’ll say it again because Mickey dumb a$$ obviously has a problem with feeling that it’s his right to drive drunk. He’s posted his feelings again on the page that talks about the thieves who stole tools on Monument. Mickey V, we all get it. You got busted while driving drunk and now you have made it your personal vendetta to bash the police who are just trying to protect us and our loved ones from people like you. You are a burden to our community. We don’t need anymore people with your mentality in this City. Please go away!

22 Mister Wister November 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

@15,
Who said anything about “sacrosanct”, fool? I was addressing the misinformation provided by tool #3. Would you like me to post links proving it to you, Einstein?

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23 Mister Wister November 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

@17,
Who told you I thought it was a game? Could your 2nd grade reading comprehension skills be the culprit?

24 David November 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Where do these stats come from and where can i view them?

Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 8 lives and resulted in 110 injury crashes harming 154 of our friends and neighbors.

DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.

25 Fast For Sale November 2, 2013 at 8:34 AM

All of this data is available on line. The former mayor used to post the raw data on claycord. All pd are required to submit this data to the department of justice bu law. This data is also available on the doj website. It’s all public information.

26 Bill November 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

David, those figures are statistically insignificant.. In fact all statistics surrounding DUIs just further prove that specific DUI enforcement is (much like the “war on drugs” wholly insignificant! Out of the hundreds of millions of American citizens only a few thousand die of DUI related incidents yearly. Many times more die of other preventable causes that receive little or no funding.. As far as the money loss goes, there are way more money losing endeavors and drains on society than DUI deaths! Statistics don’t lie, specialized DUI enforcement provides diminishing returns and is more of a drain than benefit.

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