Concord Police Plan DUI Checkpoint for Saturday Dec. 21

December 19, 2013 10:00 am · 4 comments

The Concord Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday December 21, 2013 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 3:30 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 an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driving. ‘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.” said Sgt. Cody Harrison.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Recent statistic reveals that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

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. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Concord Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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{ 4 comments }

1 How Dumb December 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

What the study does not say is that Marijuana can stay in a persons system for days or weeks,Long after the effects of the drug have worn off.So out of the 7.4% how many were really impared at the time of death ?It BS Study

2 The Professor December 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Let me guess. Either on Clayton Rd. near Ayers or on Monument.

3 Elwood December 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

First to post that cops only do it for the money!

Do I win a prize?

4 Cowellian December 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Elwood, you left out the part about them being illegal and/or unconstitutional.

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