Concord Police Plan DUI Checkpoint for Saturday June 14th

June 11, 2014 9:00 am · 30 comments

Concord Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday June 14, 2014 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 Corporal Eric Olson.

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, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

BillyBob June 11, 2014 at 9:23 AM

every day is cinco de mayo near monument. them southerners love to drink.

iluvfriedchicken June 11, 2014 at 9:27 AM

DUI checkpoints are illegal.

DrDuran June 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

I’d love to have you quote the case or statute that you believe make checkpoints illegal, fried. That should be good for a laugh.

The Mamba June 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The facts on drug use are interesting, since there is no way to determine if the main one cited was used immediately before or while driving – or a month ago.

Anon June 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM

How about checking for car insurance and registration. That would make a good checkpoint.

The Realist June 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

“Despite finding that roadblocks did meet the Fourth Amendment’s definition of an unreasonable seizure, the court found that, due to the threat a drunk driver imposes on other motorists, they were a necessary means of protection.”

Just because some activist judges like to p*ss on the constitution all the time doesn’t make it legal.
See: NSA, FBI, CIA et all scandals… and not the recent ones .. the NSA has had there head up our *sses since 1975.

lime ridge June 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

So they will stop and inconveniences 600 drivers to find 2 or 3 drunk drivers as usual.

But the police get their overtime pay.

Idiocracy June 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Waste of time and money! Not a fan of fining a citizen 10 thousand dollars for having a few drinks and going home. Spare me the Stats 774 out of 35 – 45 million ppl ummm sounds like you have more of a chance getting stuck by lightning with those odds. This is Harassment! Instead of DUI checkpoints how about Citizen checkpoints off of Monument and Detroit ohhh that would make too much sense huh political appointees… Can’t seem to do your jobs with any common sense. Our politicians are spineless and do not represent you or I just the almighty dollar

Idiocracy June 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Struck by lightning : P

Cowellian June 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

DUI checkpoints are legal. Period, end of story.

You may believe that DUI checkpoints SHOULD be illegal, and that would be the basis for a rational discussion. But the fact is, they have been determined to be legal and constitutional, both in state and federal courts. If you don’t like them, you need to get your elected representatives to change the laws that authorize them. Good luck with that.

iluvfriedchicken June 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The argument for the legality of DUI checkpoints goes something like this… Drunk driving is dangerous and deadly, and is a threat to everyone’s safety. DUI checkpoints deter people from driving drunk, and capture some of those people that drive drunk. This reduces drunk driving, and therefore the safety of all people in society is secured to an extent because there are less drunks on the road.

Let’s boil down that argument: DUI checkpoints increase the safety of our society. If they did’t increase safety, they’d have no justification. As things stand now with the law, this premise is the basis for justification of DUI checkpoints, PLUS a set of guidelines meant to limit abuse of power and minimize detention of motorists. So, the legality of DUI checkpoints rests on a couple of principles: (1) the well being of society must be maintained, and (2) such maintenance must conform to a set of guidelines. (If you want to learn more about the guidelines check out People v. Alvarado (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th Supp. 13, 123 Cal.Rptr.3d 222, or Ingersoll v. Palmer (1987) 43 Cal.3d 1321)

So there are AT LEAST two ways a DUI roadblock can be illegal: it fails to increase safety in society, or it violates limitations set out to restrict its intrusion on our freedom.

There is a third way.

Underwood June 11, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I’m fine with them. Driving drunk is stupid and irresponsible. If it were about your own safety and your freedom to get your self killed I would be all for it, but you don’t just put your self at risk, you put every one around you at risk of being killed or seriously injured. It is selfish and whining to complain about the extra few minutes it takes to get home or the rightfully administered fine/citation. Keep your drunk *ss at home if you want to drink all night like us responsible drunks do.

Underwood June 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I wish they would tag more texting/social-media posting drivers. Seems every time I am in a car I can look to the left or right and see streams of drivers with their heads in their laps, sparing only glances to what is around them. You’re piloting hundreds of pounds of steel at 20 to 80 mph and carrying fuel and possibly loved ones with you and the latest Beiber peacocking stunt is more important than the idea of a horrific twisted-metal car-seat for your child? People just don’t care and, frankly, why should they. It’s only lives on the line.

chris June 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Someine says DUI checkpoints are illegal. I really dont care much for.ignorance. drink driving is illegal as well. Lets just tell everyone checkpoint is coming so the drunks can avoid. Cool

John Pope June 11, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Good enough, but I’d like to see a few crosswalk checks to nail the motorists who deny pedestrians their right to cross a street safely! The PD ran one on Oakland at the BART station years ago and issued over 30 citations for that, for speeding, unregistered vehicles, driving without a license, etc. in a couple of hours. Things changed for a little while, but if they don’t do it regularly, the jerks go back to their bad behavior.

? June 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

In California driving is a privilege, not a right.

anon June 11, 2014 at 6:34 PM

“But the police get their overtime pay.”

Why do you think they get on the Motorcycle unit -its this type of detail & of course the OT at the Pavilion

@11 June 11, 2014 at 6:58 PM

If it’s mandatory? As in, if there’s no way to avoid it once you’ve seen the signs?

James Carter June 11, 2014 at 8:31 PM

+1 for the crosswalk checkpoints.

Claycord Broski June 11, 2014 at 9:29 PM

What is wrong with some of you?

Seriously? You’re against sitting in your car for 10 extra minutes so they can keep some drunks off the road.

Wait until a drunk crashes into your property or worse… You will be singing a different tune

Idiocracy June 12, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I’ve been hit by a drunk driver! And I am against these checkpoints that waste my tax money to net 2 or 3 drunks when they could of just patrolled bar areas and netted 50 or 100.. Its stupid don’t you get it… Not just stupid its infringing on my rights and yours. I don’t care if you have a few drinks and drive, you roll the dice in life everyday you step outside. Sure bad things happen … don’t get me wrong if your plastered then you deserve your DUI but .08 is too low … The fact that so many of you are ok with Nazi tactics is scary.

Idiocracy June 12, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The Solution is technology people… A device in your car that can detect if your over the limit without having to blow in a tube. Install them on all cars like seat belts problem solved = Next … If they have bomb sniffing devices the can sniff the pungent aroma of beer breath

Idiocracy June 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

If they have bomb sniffing devices then they can sniff the pungent aroma of beer breath

anon June 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM

” Install them on all cars like seat belts problem solved ”

Judges order them now in some counties — they pay a neighbor kid $5.00 to blow for them…… much for your solved deal.

Idiocracy June 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Hey smarty read what I wrote ” A device in your car that can detect if your over the limit without having to blow in a tube” . Thanks for trying

Idiocracy June 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Reading comprehension buddy

Rollo Tomasi June 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Wow – a short delay caused by a checkpoint is not only the end if the world but an egregious violation of your rights, but you’d be OK with the government requiring the equivalent of a breathalyzer to be installed in all vehicles, even those purchased by people who don’t drink at all. I’m sure the cost of such a device would be borne solely by the auto manufacturers, right?

By the way, I hope you’re as staunch a proponent of my second amendment rights as of my fourth amendment protections.

Bill June 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Just a short delay for several hundred drivers, 10 minutes Ea. x 200 drivers = 2,000 hours lost productivity and 2000x more exhaust emissions for 1-2 drunk drivers. Can anyone quantify how this method is any better than the 8 officers driving around and observing actual Drunk Driving behaviors?? DUI Checkpoints don’t keep any drunk drivers off the road. They divert them into our neighborhoods where they have to negotiate smaller streets and sharper curves! Preventive measures keep thousands more Drunk Drivers off the roads than punitive ones. What Prevenative measures is CoCoCounty taking??

Momlife925 June 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Undisclosed area in Concord! let me guess……..Big lots parking lot off Monument?

Rollo Tomasi June 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM

How much productivity is there between 9pm and 3:30am?
How do you arrive at 2000X more emissions? Do you have a formula to determine the emissions with/without the checkpoint?

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