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DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint This Weekend

The Pacifica Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint tomorrow at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Tomorrow, Sept. 21, 2102, the Pacifica Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint oat an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, accroding the Pacifica Police Department. In Californian, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

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. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

“Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”

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Me September 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM
California Supreme Court (Ingersoll v. Palmer (43 Cal.3d 1321 (1987)) came to a different conclusion. Of course the simple solution is to not drink and drive...
Timber September 22, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Bob The Ingersoll ruling addressed the "whether sobriety checkpoints are permissible under the federal and state Constitutions." And "We conclude that within certain limitations a sobriety checkpoint may be operated in a manner consistent with the federal and state Constitutions." Their ruling did not state that motorists stopped at these checkpoint are required to answer any and all questions presented by police. That would be contrary to why these stops were allowed in the first place. Requiring everyone to answer all questions during these stops would never be permissible because individualized suspicion is inherently lacking. I think you misunderstand their "conclusion", as most people do. All sobriety checkpoints are voluntary.
john currie September 26, 2012 at 05:05 PM
i am looking for the next drivers checkpoint because I am going to full on give these aggressive police actions a mouthful of shit....... This is so wrong! You give an inch to liberal lobbiests and they go all out and try to shove their hateful and small minded view ON TO me... I choose not to agree with you and now am so tired of your aggressive actions against me and my beliefs and I will now fight back! Get ready!
John Doe January 19, 2013 at 05:54 AM
pacifica police are looking for reasons to arrest people for minor traffic bs to protect and serve the public not harass them
John Doe January 19, 2013 at 05:58 AM
as well as ticket them to raise the profit of the town thats not why the police department was created... imagine a sheriff giving a ticket in the old west because your horse wasn't tied with the proper knot TO PROTECT and SERVE NOT TICKET for every minor subjective offense

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