Concord Police Plan DUI Checkpoint on Saturday July 5th

July 2, 2014 8:00 am · 22 comments

Concord Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday July 05, 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’.

Anonymous July 2, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Quick !some loon now tell us why checkpoints are bad or not to roll your window down or some other such lunacy..

@1 July 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

You just did.

no justice July 2, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Too bad the locations are always given out, and the drunkies just find another way to go. Check points would be a lot more effective if they went without location put out for everyone to read on

Don P - N. Concord July 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Quick !some loon now tell us that checkpoints actually accomplish something and even though they maybe get 1 or 2 people it is still worth paying police to stand around all night, or some other such lunacy..

D&D July 2, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Drinking and driving is not illegal. Drinking to excess and driving is illegal.

Anonymous July 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Don P :you ,of course, miss the point, again. The purpose of checkpoints is deterrence. If they never got a DUI you could infer that they had deterred every driver that came through from being intoxicated.

But drive on big fella.

Mister Wister July 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Funny how they always need special funding to do these things? Ever wonder why?

mutts July 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Getting drunk causes one to forget about checkpoints.

ClayDen July 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Seems like doing it on July 4th would be more effective.

PHILTHYphresh July 2, 2014 at 11:11 AM

If an individual is on probation for DUI, and in some cases alcohol related offences, that individuals legal alcohol limit is 0%BAC for the duration of the probation.

Silva July 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Mister Wister ( #7) what IS up with that anyway? It does seem pretty self defeating, and well… STUPID!

White Boy Fresh July 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Ummmmmm okay the day everybody Is getting drunk is Friday so let’s throw out some checkpoints on Saturday?!?!?!
What are they looking for hungover drivers?

nytemuvr July 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

If you don’t drink then you have nothing to worry about….this is Dave man….Dave’s not here

Marissa July 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

The fourth is more effective, saturday doesn’t make sense. But there are those who like to celebrate any day.

Don P - N. Concord July 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM


It is you who missed the point. I’m not going to spoon feed it to you though, so think hard! Maybe you’ll figure it out eventually….

Elwood July 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Village Idiot says:

“It’s not really about safety, the cops are only doing it for the money.”

RIP mother and daughter killed by an unlicensed drunk driver on Willow Pass Road.

Miranda July 2, 2014 at 3:59 PM

to the point, you really have to ask why?

No Chicken little July 2, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Isn’t the answer for the government to take control of all motor vehicles. And force everyone on to government transit. Think of the lives saved. Stop global warming. Make everyone show there papers at check points and pass through metal detectors and X-ray machines. I have nothing to hide. What a world it would be. Obama say he will do it on his own. If you don’t like it. Sue me. Utopia I can’t wait.

Mark S July 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Since when did this “undisclosed lication” thing come about? I thought this site said which streets. I guess too many people complained. Jeez

Bob July 3, 2014 at 9:58 AM

I will be too hungover to bother with drinking on the 5th.

Is this some kind of joke?

Dutch July 4, 2014 at 2:18 AM

Good. Glad to hear it.

Joe July 5, 2014 at 10:37 AM

DUI is a racket, ten thousand dollars for someone of small stature has one beer and blows an .08. Meanwhile some highly intoxicated, illegal, repeat offender can run over and kill innocent people.

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