Concord Police Plan DUI Checkpoint for Saturday September 6th

September 3, 2014 8:00 am · 38 comments


Concord Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Saturday September 6, 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’.

Daniel September 3, 2014 at 8:26 AM

I’ve seen them rapping up their DUI check points right at 2:00am or before in the past. What’s the point of that when the drunks are just leaving the bars??

ANON September 3, 2014 at 8:41 AM

“I’ve seen them rapping up their DUI check points right at 2:00am or before in the past. What’s the point of that when the drunks are just leaving the bars??”

Overtime is over–time to go home….

rapping September 3, 2014 at 9:02 AM

If they are rapping up maybe they are getting ready for the hip hop crowd coming out at 2:00am…

Mamatosix September 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM

They need to send some officers to Olive Drive and the other end of the parking lot if they are doing the same place AGAIN.
But they really need to move the checkpoint. Say maybe Clayton & Ygnacio?
Willow Pass coming off the freeway?

PH Dad September 3, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I’d say that they need to be out on Willow Pass somewhere on the weapons station. Have a spotter watching for people trying to chuck a u-turn to avoid the checkpoint.

Sick Of It September 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Once the Check Point sets up the texting begins, all the Aspiring cRappers and their pants down potnas know to avoid that road. I am talking about the HipHop Pukes: white, brown, black and green. I stopped going out a few years back when I couldn’t go anywhere without some drama over a mudshark and her pet.

anon September 3, 2014 at 10:28 AM

My vote is for willow pass road.

Nik September 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

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Mayor: I don’t believe in censorship, but if you claim to review comments and do reject some, how do you justify allowing racist crap like that? What ARE your standards of acceptable and unacceptable? September 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM

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Gregory September 3, 2014 at 10:39 AM

An immense drain on already limited resources. Setting aside the fact that this is fundimentaly against your constitutional rights…

Me September 3, 2014 at 10:50 AM

@ rapping, lol.

@Gregory September 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM

The supreme court feels differently–but I’m sure you’re more qualified to make that decision.

ConcordMike September 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I vote for Willow Pass Road as well, near the Kinne Bridge where so many deadly DUI accidents have occurred. Make sure it is over the hill to surprise these ignorant drivers.

Willow Pass September 3, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Drunk, texting or speeding Willow Pass is a 24-7 Hot Spot. If I were a Police Officer I could make at least one stop every time I travel on Willow Pass Rd.
As a motorcycle rider I fear texters over drunks due to the ratio of swerving, disconnected, self serving IDIOTS that have severe entitlement issues to think their drama is worth my life.

Sick Of It September 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM

And BTW I am Sick Of It!

Rollo Tomasi September 3, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Nothing like the (legally required) public notice of a DUI checkpoint to bring out the constitutional scholars…

Sick Of It September 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Drunk, texting or speeding CPD could write tickets 24-7 on Willow Pass Rd. As a motorcycle rider texters scare me on a daily basis swerving driving 35 mph in a 65 causing other cars to change lanes and drive erratically. Sure get the drunks but get those texters too!

iluvfriedchicken September 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Why is drunk driving the only crime that gets to have check points? Let’s make check points for all drugs, illegal guns, illegal immigration, and all other crimes we can catch with a checkpoint.

BagsFlyFree September 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM

@ iluvfriedchicken… DUI checkpoints are the only way they can legally “entrap” you, as your appearance will tip them off to perform a sobriety check. Once a test is failed, then the car can be legally searched via “probable cause.”

BFF Out!

iluvfriedchicken September 3, 2014 at 2:56 PM

@Bags: What appearance? They stop whomever. In fact the legal standard specifically requires a random criteria for stopping.

“A related concern is that motorists should not be subject to the unbridled discretion of the officer in the field as to who is to be stopped. Instead, a neutral formula such as every driver or every third, fifth or tenth driver should be employed.” Ingersoll v. Palmer (1987) 43 Cal.3d 1321

This could be used on the street to catch people with drugs. Just make it random and neutral, like every 5th person passing by will be stopped and searched for guns or drugs or whatever.

@ BagsFlyFree September 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

You have no idea what the word “entrap” means. In criminal law, entrapment is a practice whereby a law enforcement agent induces a person to commit a criminal offense that the person would have otherwise been unlikely to commit.

So please explain to me how the police induced a person to drink and then inducted them drive.

lights and sirens September 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Lol at rapping. Too funny.
While we are checking for drunk drivers can we also check citizen status? Now that would be a great check point!

just saying September 3, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I hope its on willow pass road and stop all these drunken accidents! They always have them on ayers and clayton road but last time I checked nobody has died at that intersection or have head on drunken collisions!!!! Please get willow pass safe!

How many uninsured and unlicensed drivers are they going to take off the road? September 3, 2014 at 4:22 PM


This is a sanctuary city and the police are forced to look the other way.

Gregory September 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

the supreme court hahahahaha cool story, bro.

Smiley Holmes September 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

@ 24 in the past, there has been a great deal of controversy due to the fact that out of the great number of cars impounded, an exceptionally low count was due to DUI. Typically, for every 40 cars impounded, the police would make 2-3 DUI arrests while citing 37 for being unlicensed/uninsured. Interestingly but not surprisingly, I can’t remember the last time I even saw the number of unlicensed citations listed.

Tom T. September 3, 2014 at 7:29 PM

What is a mud shark?

BagsFlyFree September 3, 2014 at 10:19 PM

@21, the fact I am forced to stop and pass through a non border face to face checkpoint while being screened for ANY vehicle violation the police decide to enforce is in its own form of entrapment. DUI is only a small fraction of citations issued, and is the label used for this cash machine for cities/counties..

BFF Out!

Quit Whining September 3, 2014 at 11:01 PM

BagsFlyFree, if you don’t like it, quit driving.

No one is forcing you to drive through a DUI checkpoint.

@Gregory September 3, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Thanks for dropping your legal expertise on us here. Did you get your law degree from the Troll under the bridge?

But yeah, I’m sure the highest court in the United States is totally wrong regarding DUI Checkpoints.

Shiloh September 3, 2014 at 11:52 PM

@i lovefriedchicken, that’s right – they stop every car, or every other, whatever, but they don’t perform sobriety checks on every person they speak to. The appearance of the driver (or any visible evidence) will dictate whether they feel a sobriety check is necessary. I’m sure it may as well be written on the forehead of the drunk or high person. I know I can tell in an instant when someone is on something, and the police have far more experience and training than I do!

Rollo Tomasi September 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM

@ Bags Fly Free:

Look again at the legal definition of entrapment in #21, which is accurate. A key part is “otherwise unlikely to commit”. If you are cited for a violation at a checkpoint, that means the violation already existed, hence the “unlikely” part of the definition isn’t met. There is no entrapment in any form. But it’s a fun big word to use on occasion.

BagsFlyFree September 4, 2014 at 9:12 AM

@ Rollo apparently the “quotations used” didn’t sink in as you performed your Websters analysis.. Any place where I am forced to be screened by police enforcement at a non border is a trap. While you can wordsmith all you want, the funds to perform these operations is the wrong way to spend money as it is not a complete solution for the problem it is supposed to solve. Concord and many other local suburbs should have an obligation to provide multiple ways to safely get people home after celebrating 1+ drinks. Whether lit paths, paid transportation, a short trolley, or discounted cabs are offered, it is best to tackle socities problems with more than a weekly checkpoint.

BFF Out!

RODNEY September 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Drunk check points are a waste of tax dollars and illegal. It is illegal to stop and search a vechicle without cause. I dont drink or do drugs. Why not have police actually go out and do police work instead of wasting a half hour of my time. 3 times ive been stopped and harassed. Once I turned to avoid one and was detained and searched for 45 minutes. I was told I smelled of alcohol by Walnut Creek cops.

Rollo Tomasi September 4, 2014 at 10:31 AM

@ BFF:

Why should municipalities or cab companies or transportation agencies pay to get drunks home? How about we all exercise personal responsibility and accountability by using designated drivers, paying for our own cab/trolley rides, or, God forbid stop drinking before we reach the legal limit?

Rodney Tolerton September 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

@gregory, the supreme court got it dead wrong. Read the Constitution. It is illegal for law enforcement to stop a citizen without cause. Illegal to search without cause. If you find yourself in a checkpoint, Do Not answer any questions. Give license and insurance. If they ask if you have been drinking then you say nothing. Any attorney will tell you this. Anything you say will not can be used against you.

BagsFlyFree September 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

@ Rollo… Clearly you are against tackling socities problems using a multi pronged approach. If alcohol taxes were raised by a few pennies, there could be multiple programs established to get people off the road from 11-2. DUI checkpoints are not and will never be the solution to drunk driving, and need to phased out with more civilized ways to move people form point A to point B.

BFF Out!

Rollo Tomasi September 5, 2014 at 11:42 PM

@ BFF:

On the contrary, I’m all for tackling society’s problems. What I am against is the taxpayer or any service providers bearing the cost. What is it with you people that think the government or someone else need to take care of you? Here’s a concept, buttercup. Have a designated driver. Pay for a taxi. Pay your own bus fare. If you don’t have enough friends to come up with a designated driver and you can’t afford a taxi or bus fare, then don’t f**cking drink. Let’s tackle society’s problems at the individual level by demanding responsibility and accountability – or are those dirty words to you?

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