RESULTS: Concord Police DUI Checkpoint

August 23, 2017 10:00 am · 45 comments

The Concord Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI Checkpoint on August 18, 2017 at Monument Blvd. and Oak Grove Rd. between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

Results of the checkpoint are as follows:

446 Vehicles Screened

0 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested
0 DUI-Drug impaired suspects arrested
0 Suspects arrested for illegal drugs (possession/transportation/sales)
0 Arrested on other Criminal Charges
0 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed

Concord PD will be conducting additional DUI Checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols in the future in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

The checkpoint was funded 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’.

photo credit: “J”

1 Cellophane August 23, 2017 at 10:14 AM

People behaving well…

2 DrvrdadCA August 23, 2017 at 10:20 AM

SUCCESS!

3 Mamacita August 23, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Did popo not show up???

4 Father of 6 August 23, 2017 at 10:46 AM

No mention of cars turning around and proceeding south to the border. Fishy! When did Concord become a sanctuary city?

5 idiots everywhere August 23, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Money well spent?

6 Patriot August 23, 2017 at 11:40 AM

Illegal. 4th Amendment spells it out. The Constitution would never have been agreed to without this protection. The Constitution is NOT a “Living Document ” and it applies to us the same as it did when it was written, just as human nature still applies to us today.

You fools who applaud the usurpation of our rights need an education.

You will pay a heavy toll in the end for your foolishness.

7 Jeffrey Elfont August 23, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Just like in baseball, sometimes you go 0-4. Better luck next time CPD.

8 Cautiously Informed August 23, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Patriot/6,
If it was only that simple. Yes, someone does need an education.

9 Whatever August 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM

@Patriot

I think you are forgetting that operating a vehicle on publicly funded highways is a privilege, not a right. DUI checkpoints (including immigration checkpoints) are perfectly legal and do not infringe on any right granted to you through the Constitution. You have the freedom to “travel” as you please. However, if you’re on a public highway, you are subject to every law that every other citizen (or not) is. That way, all who travel may be as safe as possible. Those of us who recognize that fact won’t pay a heavy toll. Rather, we will travel the highways knowing that State and local police are doing their jobs by enforcing laws that are in place to protect the traveling public. If you don’t believe in this, stop paying your taxes and see how fast the Constitution protects you.

10 Just me August 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Next time try being a surprise!

11 The Mamba August 23, 2017 at 12:01 PM

That’s a lot of zeroes, man, probably similar to the bill for the checkpoint.

12 RANDOM TASK August 23, 2017 at 12:01 PM

yes ty #6 most are unaware that this country is having a internal struggle not be other thrown by socialist and dictator like move like cutting education and forcing the middle class to pay for illegals and insurgents as well as over taxing to force this to happen ….corruption is deep rooted in a system that should negate it yet dems have employed ignorant and ill informed to be their riot squad

13 Frank August 23, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Patriot lives in an alternate universe. He only missed calling us sheeple. Tell us where in the fourth amendment does it say DUI checkpoints are illegal ? It doesn’t . You have to look, dear Patriot, at what the courts say. That’s how it works. The Bill of Rights lays out broad principles and the courts interpret them, not you.Educate yourself.

However I’m surprised that we came up goose eggs on everything.

14 RunnerDope August 23, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Patriot,

The Constitution contains a process to make amendments to itself. The authors foresaw the need to make changes over time. That’s pretty much the definition of a living document.

15 Jerk August 23, 2017 at 12:21 PM

Saturation Patrols aka the Police actually out on the streets (((what an idea!!!))) are proven to be more successful.

16 It makes sense to me August 23, 2017 at 12:27 PM

RunnerDope Yes, go threw the process to make an amendment to the Constitution. It is not a living document to be interpreted the way you see fit to.

17 No Thanks August 23, 2017 at 1:21 PM

An O’fer!

18 Anon August 23, 2017 at 1:28 PM

No one had an outstanding warrant or an expired license? No one driving without insurance or current registration? Or were the police looking the other way?

19 ConcordMike August 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM

I almost had a couple of guys who think like “Patriot” come into our family. Luckily they were incarcerated by our constitutional laws that they broke. You have a lot of rights, but only to a certain extent. And driving in California is not a right, it’s a privilege.

20 Pony August 23, 2017 at 2:06 PM

446 stops and not even a broken tail light?? Wonder how many people turned off on a side street when they saw the checkpoint? I can’t believe an 0’fer. Somebody was tipping people off to avoid the area

21 anon August 23, 2017 at 2:17 PM

soooooooo…all vehicles had front plates, no tinted windows & 100% – all had valid licenses, insurance and all registration was up to date on 446 cars – so no citations were written??.. oh yeah & none of the 446 had warrants??

Please answer that question
Some cops out there may find this hard to believe

22 Concordejet August 23, 2017 at 2:30 PM

zero? that gotta be too good to be true. wonder if someone hack into the DUI checkpoint record??? or was it all 446 female drivers? Officers letting them pass through?

23 anon August 23, 2017 at 2:51 PM

“Officers letting them pass through?”

Sure…because they are all cute in Concord……………

24 Strad August 23, 2017 at 2:56 PM

Better compliance in that area even if they were tipped off of the location.

25 Kenneth perry August 23, 2017 at 3:17 PM

I told everyone the concord police has single handed cleaned up my neighborhood i have never felt so good than i do right now im gonna bask in my newfound glory called virginia ln im gonna walk no drive to mcdonalds.thank you to the men and women of my community.

26 Elwood August 23, 2017 at 5:22 PM

Perfect goose eggs!

What do you suppose the odds against that are?

27 MeCrazyWoman August 23, 2017 at 6:22 PM

Wow, some negative comments here. We should embrace this!

28 WC resident August 23, 2017 at 7:38 PM

0 0 0 0 0 ? That’s a lot of doughnuts!

29 Keep all three Barrels Up August 23, 2017 at 7:41 PM

#5 Yes Jared, I think so!

30 Mika August 23, 2017 at 8:42 PM

For real?????? Really??????

31 JimmyD August 23, 2017 at 9:09 PM

Illegal search and seizure. No probability cause.

32 Concord Guy August 23, 2017 at 9:34 PM

Goose eggs!

33 Pancho villa August 23, 2017 at 10:07 PM

Now we have uber .. dont need to drive drunk amigos .😂

34 vp August 23, 2017 at 10:16 PM

i think people knew where the DUI checkpoint was going to be because there is not shortage of DUI people on 242 and 4.

35 alex August 23, 2017 at 10:34 PM

0 out of 446 on monument? impossible

36 Dr. Jellyfinger August 23, 2017 at 11:39 PM

I could drive around for 5 hours and spot at least 5 or 6 drunk drivers any night of the week.

37 Mybaby August 24, 2017 at 12:15 AM

Us Monument folks are peaceful people, we get a very bad rep.

38 Pegah August 24, 2017 at 12:31 AM

#uberlife

39 OriginalDog August 24, 2017 at 6:03 AM

When are they going to run Driving While Cellphone checkpoints?

40 OriginalDog August 24, 2017 at 6:07 AM

If Uber could solve this problem, taxi cabs would have solved it years ago. But, dream on Millennials. We wouldn’t want to burst your delicate bubble.

41 Kaski Lime August 24, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Lots of 0’s.
How about the numbers for:
Public inconvenience?
Cost of this operation?
Cost of future operations that yield more 0’s?
And our taxes keep going up?

42 Dave August 24, 2017 at 9:35 AM

Patriot – The Constitution does not prohibit all search and seizure, just “unreasonable” search and seizure. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled (see Michigan v. Sitz, 1990) that sobriety checkpoints meet the Fourth Amendment standard of “reasonable search and seizure.” The Court is, by force of Article III of the Constitution itself, the final arbiter and interpreter of the Constitution. We may not agree with what they rule. But what they rule is law until reinterpreted by a later court. We can whine, but they win, not because of a left or right wing conspiracy, but because the Constitution itself says so. In addition, court rulings over the last 20 years have put more and more restrictions on checkpoints, leaving them less obtrusive and more transparent, with less chance of abuse.

43 Dave August 24, 2017 at 9:36 AM

For those decrying the zero results or pushing saturation patrols – DUI Checkpoints vs. DUI Patrols – two different tactics with two different expected outcomes.

Checkpoints are highly visible, highly publicized events meant to deter drinking and driving in the first place. Checkpoints have been shown to have the potential to lower DUI fatality rates by up to 20 percent by virtue of their deterrence. People go through them, drive past them, hear about them via multiple grapevines and get the ongoing impression that drunk driving is dangerous, socially unacceptable, and that law enforcement is actively looking for it.

Patrols are meant to catch active drunks, get them off the streets and prosecute them. Patrols have little deterrent value, but high enforcement value. They are both good tactics and both should be in the arsenal of DUI combating tactics, along with others. In terms of catching drunks, nothing beats patrols. In terms of saving lives, nothing beats checkpoints.

44 Dave August 24, 2017 at 9:55 AM

For those who think that there must have been drivers with warrants, tinted windows, bad registration, no front plates, etc., please be aware that the primary reason for the checkpoint is checking for impairment. With all the court restrictions that have been added over the years, one thing that is high in the minds of those running the operation is to keep the line moving and not hold up traffic. Checking for everything they could check for would mean very long delays and public outcry.

45 J. August 24, 2017 at 12:37 PM

A few things:
Due to the center median, anybody leaving the Red Hat Sports Bar was forced to drive towards the checkpoint, which was in front of the old OSH. A “Sobriety Checkpoint” sign was in front of the Red Hat, so the patrons and bartenders were probably on their best behavior.

There were 4 motor officers (see picture) in the Walgreens driveway during the whole period. I am sure that anybody flipping an illegal U-turn was popped for that, but it would not appear in the checkpoint stats. Maybe a stat should be included for drunks trying to evade the checkpoint.

The checkpoint could be evaded by turning left onto Meadow Lane or right onto Oak Grove. A legal U-turn could be made at 4-Corners too.

I am amazed at the goose eggs. The motor officers did go after a few drivers – not sure what for – or maybe they were on a coffee/doughnut run.

@Father of 6
It would be good, IMHO, if there were a statistic for checkpoint evaders, who ended up being drunk, or who made illegal maneuvers to avoid the checkpoint.

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