Concord Police To Conduct DUI Enforcement Campaign On Oct.30

October 28, 2020 8:00 am · 16 comments

Additional officers from the Concord Police Department will be on patrol on Oct.30 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI will pay a stiff price: an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ash October 28, 2020 at 8:37 AM

too bad this won’t be done on Halloween. could give some added protection to the kids, maybe even show them who the police really are

for those who are not sure what that means, police are your friends


Simonpure October 28, 2020 at 8:42 AM

I believe they would have a higher yield if they did this Saturday the 31st.

Old Spartan Pete October 28, 2020 at 9:04 AM

Really, the 30th? I know this is state money but would the 31st be better?

chuckie the troll October 28, 2020 at 9:54 AM

How about some speed enforcement on Clayton Road and Treat after the morning commute and in the evening? You can hear and see people racing every day, seemingly with no fear of being stopped.

Simonpure October 28, 2020 at 11:31 AM

They are guilty as well. An unmarked police vehicle flew past me on Clayton. He had to be doing at least 60. I figured he was on the way to a call but all he did was pull into the CPD parking lot. I caught up to him at almost every light. Goes to show…speeding gets you anywhere any faster.

Martin October 28, 2020 at 5:49 PM

I second Chuckie’s comment.
All in favor?

Sam Malone October 28, 2020 at 10:28 AM

Big surprise that we all agree that 10-31 would be a better served date????

Savage October 28, 2020 at 11:22 AM

Should do it on Halloween, specifically after it gets dark.

Comply and dont die.

WC Resident October 28, 2020 at 11:34 AM

Cops must be scared of werewolves as they won’t be out on October 31st which is a full moon… Trick-or-treaters check your six-o’clock!

S October 28, 2020 at 12:11 PM

Cops is People too; They’ll be at Parties.

Tugboat October 28, 2020 at 3:38 PM

Isn’t this what our police departments are suppose to be doing each and every day? Why do they need special funding? Here comes the Overtime…

Two Wheeler October 29, 2020 at 8:36 AM

Oh Tugboat, let me help you out. OTS and NHTSA pay for the program. The PD is down almost 30 positions. The traffic unit is down from a previous high of 10 motorcycle cops to 4. This program allows cops to come in and specifically look for impaired drivers while not having to run patrol calls.

Perhaps a ride-a-long would show you actual police work and what is entailed in a DUI arrest.

Concord Guy October 29, 2020 at 8:59 AM

Friday October 30 is a perfectly good evening to do the enforcement campaign. Any effort to get drunk drivers off the streets is good with me.

WC Resident October 29, 2020 at 9:57 AM

@Tugboat – read the article. The first words are “Additional officers …”

They already are watching for DUI, among other things, each and every day.

What’s not clear though is if spending our tax dollars on additional officers plus the time to write up the report on the results is the best use of our money. As others have noted, it seems October 31, which is Halloween, would have been a better night to target from an over all public safety perspective. This October 31 is also a full Moon with no rain meaning more people will be out later. All of these are areas where a city manager and the city council should be pushing back at the police department. A grant is not free money that fell out of a God like tree in the sky. It’s real dollars extracted from tax paying citizens. The timing of October 30 vs. 31 for additional patrols should also have been questioned.

A community and the legislature can also push back by voting that alcohol and narcotic sales be restricted or limited. If California were a 100% dry state, no alcohol, no legal drugs, then the prevalence of DUI should drop.

S October 29, 2020 at 10:57 AM

“They already are watching for DUI, among other things, each and every day.”

Well maybe not…. With Concord’s patrol officer levels, most times they are going from call for service to call to call… Then paper work…

I wonder how much actual time they have to spend on preventive patrolling watching for such things?

Some police departments have the time, Concord generally does not…

108RS- (???) might be able to help with this question.

S October 31, 2020 at 12:06 PM

and the magic number…… was “2”

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