Concord Police Plan DUI Checkpoint for Saturday Aug. 16

August 12, 2014 10:27 am · 16 comments


Concord Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday August 16, 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 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’.

JET August 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I’ve never understood why the DUI checkpoints are publicized before they occur….. is that required by law? I’d prefer that they be a ‘suprise’ for the drunk drivers, rather than giving them advance notice

anon August 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM

is that required by law?

********** YES

ClayDen August 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM

It seems to me that announcing that there was going to be a DUI checkpoint, but not saying where would be a good deterrent to people drinking and driving, as well as catching the unsuspecting. Prevention and enforcement; works for me.

The Professor August 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM

@ ClayDen

The checkpoint will be on Willow Pass or Clayton (near Ayers). It seems like that’s where they always are.

Idiocracy August 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Oh look another way the Gov takes our money in the name of safety….

Silva August 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Does seem self defeating, the when and where..

Stacy August 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM

As a mom, I always try to make the smartest decisions, especially when it comes to drinking – and not driving, but sadly I think it’s about 65% of DUI’s are people that thought they were fine to drive. I work for Breathometer (as seen on Shark Tank!), a breathalyzer for your smartphone. I am a local Concordian and have some stock on hand for anyone interested in purchasing a device. They retail for $49.99 but happy to offer a neighbor discount! Drink Smart.Be Safe.

Politically Uncorrect August 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

They should have it at Monument and Oak Grove. Not only would they get a couple of drunks off the road, they will get a few driving without a license too. Or would that be considered racial profiling?

Why August 12, 2014 at 2:20 PM

They should put that money towars ICE, and round up all the illegals. That’s like killing 2 birds with one arrest!

Anonymous August 12, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I agree with ClayDen. @Jet, the real goal is to prevent drunk drivers. If announcing and publicizing a check point in advance keeps one drunk driver off the road then I’m all for it!

Tracer03 August 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yay for forth amendment violations!!

Papers please…

MD August 13, 2014 at 1:01 PM

“For a DUI checkpoint to be valid, law enforcement must advertise that they will be setting up the checkpoint prior to doing so. The general idea is that if a member of the public knows about the checkpoint, they have the option of avoiding it. If they choose not to avoid it, then they have consented to the minimal intrusion created by the DUI checkpoint”.

Even with the advertisement. They still seem to get a few dimwhits. And NO 4th amendment issues.

Tracer03 August 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

@ MD

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated… ”

I guess I missed the caveat that states “Unless when arbitrarily stopping people and questioning them under the presupposition that some of them might be guilty of breaking certain aws.”

There are not many examples of a more clear cut violation of a person’s 4th amendment rights than a DUI checkpoint. It’s no different than a police officer stopping someone on the street or coming into your house without any cause.

dilligafman August 14, 2014 at 7:56 AM

OH SWELL! Well there goes my plans for my b-day friday night,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Jennifer August 14, 2014 at 7:18 PM

@ Stacy…..I am interested in ur breathealyzer device. Do u know how accurate it is to the real one police use? I have an Android..galaxy s4. How do I go about getting one and u mentioned about a local discount? Ya most likely the dui checkpoint will be on Clayton and ayers…usually always seems to be there.

Stacy August 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

@jennifer – our sensor accuracy is +/- 0.01 @ 0.02% BAC and is an FDA registered device and is compatible with your phone. Please email me at and I can you one! Thank you!

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