RESULTS: Martinez Police DUI Checkpoint

June 2, 2014 11:16 am · 28 comments

The Martinez Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver License checkpoint on May 30th, in the 3700 block of Alhambra Avenue.

The following results of the checkpoint are from the Martinez Police:

Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint lowers DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effect it has on those who might drive drunk or drug impaired while encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.

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.

Checkpoint Results:

  • 1 Suspect was arrested for driving while drug impaired. This suspect was also arrested for being in possession of a large amount of controlled substances and driving an unreported stolen vehicle.
  • 1 Driver was cited for having a suspended license.
  • 4 drivers were cited for being unlicensed.
  • 2 Vehicles were towed.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Subterfuge June 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

… The driver failed to report the car was stolen.

Russ June 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Let me try and put a silver lining on this before all of you pile on with your usual “unnecessary overtime” comments”:
The fact that Zero drivers were found to be under the influence of alcohol is encouraging. Having said that, I am curious as to just how many cars were screened,

Anon June 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

W A S T E.
How many vehicles were harassed?

Bill June 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

WOW, amazing results.!! 5 cops, 4 hours, probably couldn’t catch more Drunk Drivers if they were driving our streets and neighborhoods in that amount of time!! Keep up the good work!!

One! June 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Uh can y’all read? The report says 1 diver was arrested for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence). Doesn’t have to be just alcohol. Come on now let’s be a little wiser people!!!

Chronic Halitosis June 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

If we made smart cars that failed to drive when the driver was drunk. It would change the world. Just give them a warm time out..And let them sleep it off.

Safe on the Road June 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Being stopped by the police is not harassment. Being run off the road by a drunk driver is harassment. I’m glad the cops do these vehicle checks. I hope they do more of them.

Don P - N. Concord June 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Must be nice to get paid to stand around and do nothing.

C June 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Safe on the road, do you think every drunk driver sets out to run you off the road?

BagsFlyFree June 2, 2014 at 1:57 PM

This money has to be put to better use (transportation, walking paths, bike lanes)..

? June 2, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Were the number of vehicles checked so low they are too embarrassed to mention it?

Tom June 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM

DUI checkpoints are always a good idea. The mentality of the people who thinks it’s a waste of time and money. Until their family or friends are killed.

Ever notice it’s those paying the least amount in taxes who do the most complaining?

Perhaps uneducated?

Bill June 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Hey Tom, look at the Statistics dude.. DUI’s are insignificant causes of death in California/America.. Out of 37 Million Californians only ~800 die in DUI accidents each year!! (The vast majority of those deaths were the lone drunk driver!) Oh yeah, ask those who lost someone to a DUI if the enforcement is worth it.. Well it’s not, there are far more deaths from Suicides, Homicides, other preventative accidents, and far more of preventable diseases! The monies would be WAY more effectively spent on a myriad of other “Preventable Death” causes other than DUI Checkpoints!! Making BART run late on weekends and big drinking holidays (Like St. Patricks Day, Cinco DeMayo, Etc.) would prevent thousands of Drunk Drivers from being on the road. When was the last time you heard of DUI prevention measures -vs- DUI punitive measures?? That’s the hypocrisy of the whole matter, checkpoint supporters mostly want Drunk Drivers to suffer and care little about keeping them off the road in the first place!!

Tom June 2, 2014 at 9:02 PM

@ Bill—-13

Have another drink Bill. I don’t argue with illogical, uneducated people.

The checkpoint was funded by a grant. I understand how grants work.

We’ll agree to disagree.

Yawn June 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Residents of Martinez would like to see the MPD to Enforce noise ordinance ie Loud / Modified motorcycles. When the motorcycle is hot rodding (lol, loud pipes save lives, lol) through Alhambra Ave or Pacheco Blvd and car alarms are being set off – That’s enough.
The Exhaust is modified and illegal.

Bill June 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I’m sorry you don’t believe in statistics Tom.. Unfortunately for you, statistics don’t care what you think!! Grants don’t cover all overtime or retirement pay costs.. Checkpoints force drunks off the main roads and into our neighborhoods where they put our lives and property In jepordy! Did the grantor get their money’s worth Tom?? I’m sorry that you want your fellow citizens to suffer Tom. Perhaps if you spent more time coming up with solutions to the problem instead of making snarky comments on others posts, you might find a way to express all your “logical” ideas!! Care to share some??

@ Bill June 2, 2014 at 11:23 PM

and unfortunately for you, NHTSA doesn’t care about you, you statistics or your opinion.

Overtime is not calculated in a officer’s PERS retirement. Grants absolutely do cover the overtime costs to staff DUI check points.

DUI check points do not make people drive drunk. People make a choice to drink. They make a choice to drive. DUI Drivers must take responsibility for THEIR actions.

You can have all the prevention plans in the world but when people are drunk they don’t think rationally. They don’t call cabs, or call friend or take late night BART rides. They believe they are alright because their judgment is clouded by alcohol and they drive. Some get arrested, most don’t..

You can led a horse to water but you can’t make them take advantage of already readily available alternate forms transportation.

You blaming DUI Check points for causing neighborhoods to be unsafe is preposterous.

Idiots everywhere June 3, 2014 at 12:04 AM

I saw this going the opposit way. They had a line of cars all the way down Alhambra. I just wish they would spend the money on mental patients who have giuns as well.

Cowellian June 3, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Do you understand that grants are not free money? It’s still comes from the taxpayers, but from a different pocket.

Tom June 3, 2014 at 9:28 AM

@ Cowellian—–19

I understand grants, as well as DUI checkpoints. I also realize that Bill doesn’t understand the meaning of agreeing to disagree.

Unfortunately, a lot of people on Claycord aren’t very bright.

J June 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM


When did Bill ever say DUI checkpoints CAUSE drunk drivers? You must be a salesman.

What he is pointing out is that the idiots who do decide to put the public at risk by drinking and driving, know that there are checkpoints on main roads so they divert to side streets where the checkpoints are far from sight. Thus causing more drunk drivers to roam through our neighborhoods destroying property and putting more of the public at risk.

At least WC Cops sit at the bars and watch for stumbling idiots to put their keys in their ignition. That’s preventing drunk drivers.

Tom June 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM

@ J—-21

I can honestly say I’m not in sales, nor did I say Bill said anything.

If you want to divert to side streets after drinking, I hope you’re arrested and jailed, and I hope no lives are lost in the process.


Dui checkpoints, cops sitting at bars. Whatever it takes. Any and ALL methods will do.

Bill June 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

You have ~a 1 in 46,000 chance of dying in a DUI related accident in California. If you take out of that figure well over 50% of DUI fatalities are lone Drunk Drivers, your chances are around 1 in 100,000. by comparison, 9.5 out of 100,000 Californians died from suicide!! (10x more!!) There are !1800 per annum homicides in California, that’s 3x higher than DUI deaths.. Do we stop hundreds of citizens from their travels to ask questions about Suicidal/homicidal thoughts?? 1257 gun murders in Calif. 3,000 drowning deaths!!

The list goes on and on, put the money where it will help the most. DUI Checkpoints catch far fewer DUI drivers than cops driving around observing drunk driving behaviors. What is it about a checkpoint that gets certain people all enamored?? The truth lies in a hatred for others and a wish to be puinative!

@ Bill June 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

You are absolutely right. I hate DUI drivers.

@Tom June 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

House to House inspections are also probably a good idea in your opinion.
Well, you know what they say about opinions….

Safety Second June 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Useful idiots everywhere. 10 cops on OT and over 350 lawful drivers unlawfully detained. If you think this is ok, you deserve neither liberty or the false sense of over priced safety that MPD extended to you dumb ass voters who reelect career politician after career politician.

@ Safety Second June 4, 2014 at 1:11 AM

So you say…not so say the Supremes…. No Amendment right is absolute. Not the 1st – you may not yell fire in a crowed theater. Not the 2nd – you may not possess a firearm if you are a convicted felon etc etc etc.

boiling frogs June 7, 2014 at 1:58 AM

If you put a frog into boiling water, it will jump out. But if you put it in water then slowly turn the heat up until boiling, the frog wont jump out.

It used to be just DUI checkpoints, “we are keeping the roads safe from drunk drivers” even know there is NO evidence that checkpoints save lives or decrease the rates of drunk drivers!
There is however evidence and much more effective for increased patrols on perceived high risk nights. So why would they waste money/grants on checkpoints?

And for the fact that checkpoints (of any kind) are unconstitutional, right to not be searched or seized (the supreme court has ruled that anytime a cop stops you, you are effectively seized) for no reason, unwarranted.

Its coming quite clear why they have DUI checkpoints and it has nothing to do with stopping duis. As the post states dui/drivers license checkpoints. So now its checkpoints for drivers licenses. Only for duis now only for duis/drivers licenses, whats next only permanent checkpoints?

slowly boil the American public and they will think your doing it for their own safety.

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