December 25, 2009

Here’s a quick round-up of just some of the cities and counties across the United States who have announced DUI checkpoints on this holiday. Whatever happened to the 4th & 5th Amendements? In some cases, the local police will not even disclose where the location of the checkpoint will be.

While these checkpoints have clearly popped up all across the nation, they seem particularly prevalent in California. That is probably because state legislators have now declared the upcoming 2010 to be ‘The Year of the Checkpoint’ (see below) so clearly enforcement will be ramped up despite the blatant legal problems it poses. Last year in California, it was the Army helping with the checkpoint at 29 Palms, in clear violation of Posse Comitatus. Wisconsin is notably one of 12 states not to legalize roadblock checkpoints.

2010: Year of the DUI Checkpoint

St. Helena Star
Dec. 24, 2009

Last week state traffic safety officials announced plans to tighten their grip on drunk drivers and declared 2010 “The Year of the Checkpoint.”

Plans are to send a record $8 million in grant funding to 148 law enforcement agencies for DUI checkpoints – up from $5 million in 2009.

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will fund more than 2,500 sobriety checkpoints in 2010, a 47 percent increase over the 1,700 conducted this year.


Sobriety checkpoint scheduled for Sunday

Bay City News
December 25, 2009

Law enforcement officials in San Francisco will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Sunday in an effort to reduce DUI-related crashes and educate
drivers about the danger of drunken driving.

Tracy police to hold sobriety checkpoint

By Sophia Kazmi
San Joaquin Herald

Tracy police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint this weekend.

The checkpoint will run from 6 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday at an unspecified location in the city, said Sgt. Tony Sheneman. Funding from the checkpoint comes from the state Office of Traffic Safety.

Police will run the checkpoint from 8:30 p.m. until about 1 a.m. Monday at an undisclosed location in the city.

Twentynine Palms, California – DUI Checkpoint Scheduled for December 26th, 2009

Driving Laws Blog
Dec. 18, 2009

Twentynine Palms Police Department Joins Effort to Deploy 1 of 300 Sobriety Checkpoint over the Holidays

[efoods]The holiday season is upon us. Plans are in place for parties, shopping and traveling to friends and family. However, each year motorists will be in harm’s way thanks to the careless ones who will drink and drive this season.

Beginning December 16, 2009, Twentynine Palms Police Department will join law enforcement across the state as part of California’s 18 Day Holiday DUI Crackdown Campaign with law enforcement agencies deploying 300 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints statewide.

Martinez police plans year-end DUI check

Robert Salonga
Contra Costa Times

MARTINEZ — As part of a statewide holiday crackdown on drunken driving, Martinez police will conduct a DUI checkpoint on city streets in the run-up to New Year’s weekend.

The checkpoint is scheduled to last from 6 p.m. Wednesday until midnight Thursday, or New Year’s Eve, in the 3700 block of Alhambra Avenue thru Jan. 3.

DUI checkpoints being enforced over the holidays

Hawaii 24/7
Dec. 24

As we approach the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Big Island police are informing motorists that police will be conducting DUI checkpoints throughout the island during the holiday season. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”

Sergeant Kelly Ka’aumoana-Matsumoto, head of the Traffic Services Section, said police are reminding motorist of the consequences of impaired driving.

Santa Barbara police plan holiday DUI checkpoint

Daily Sound
Dec. 24, 2009

Santa Barbara police plan to stage a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint this Sunday, one in 300 checkpoints being planned across the state as part of a holiday DUI crackdown.

Local officers will set up the checkpoint at an undisclosed location from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and screen drivers for signs of intoxication. The program is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Benicia participates in DUI crackdown

Times-Herald staff report
Dec. 24, 2009

BENICIA — The Benicia Police Department joins other law enforcement agencies across the state as part of California’s 18 Day Holiday DUI crackdown campaign deploying 300 DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints statewide.

Funding for the special enforcement campaign which runs through Jan. 3 comes from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Monrovia police will conduct DUI checkpoint tonight

Pasadena Star News

Dec. 25, 2009

Monrovia Police Department will conduct a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 7 p.m. tonight to 2 a.m. Saturday at Myrtle and Montana, in an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, officials announced Thursday.

DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving, the department said in a statement.

HINGHAM POLICE: Friday night sobriety checkpoint

GateHouse News Service
Dec. 23, 2009

Depending on your perspective – Friday night was either a good night or a bad night for a handful of motorists.

Hingham police considered Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning, a good night – not because they made drunk driving arrests but because there were fewer arrests than expected.

State Police sobriety checkpoint in Middlesex

Amy Saltzman
Wicked Local
Dec. 24, 2009

STONEHAM, MASSACHUSETTS – The Massachusetts State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on a secondary state highway in Middlesex County, Sunday, Dec. 27. The purpose is to further educate drivers and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing drivers who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways.

Sobriety checkpoint this weekend

Salem News
Dec. 25, 2009

MASSACHUSETTS – If you drink, think twice before getting behind the wheel this weekend: Police will be waiting for you somewhere.

Besides the regular patrols by local and state police this weekend, state police will also have a sobriety checkpoint set up somewhere in Essex County sometime on Sunday.

State police won’t disclose where the checkpoint will be.

DUI checkpoint set for Saturday
Dec. 25, 2009

PETALUMA, CALI — Police will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint in Petaluma on Saturday, Dec. 26 at an undisclosed time and location.

The Sonoma County DUI Task Force has arrested 69 DUI drivers and eight people with outstanding DUI warrants in the first six days of the winter holiday DUI campaign, which runs through Jan. 3. Law-enforcement officers have responded to four DUI injury collisions, in which a total of five people were injured.

Sobriety checkpoints in Wisconsin face uphill battle

Andy Thompson
Dec. 24, 2009

Despite drunken-driving reforms signed into law this week, state lawmakers are certain to revisit the issue down the road.

That means the contentious issue of sobriety checkpoints — which failed to gain the Legislature’s approval this time — will again be up for debate.

Checkpoints to eye DUIs

Glendale police will be adding enforcement during the holidays.

Veronica Rocha
Glendale News Press
Dec. 24, 2009

GLENDALE — Drivers who take to the road after sipping a couple of alcoholic drinks at a holiday party stand a greater chance of landing in jail this weekend.

Glendale police are planning to crack down on drunk drivers at checkpoints Saturday and Jan. 2 as part of the Avoid the 100 campaign, an aggressive, two-week period in Los Angeles County aimed at stopping motorists from driving under the influence.

Saturday’s checkpoint will be heavily staffed with officers, including Burbank police, and community service officers, who will handle vehicle impounding, Glendale Police Sgt. Dennis Smith said.

Four arrested at holiday sobriety checkpoints

Ricky Maranon
Oklahoma Daily
Dec. 22, 2009

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — Norman Police arrested four people over the weekend as a part of their crack down on drinking and driving over the holiday season.

The sobriety checkpoints are set up to reduce the risk of fatal accidents that result in drunken driving, Lt. Tony Riddles, Norman Police spokesman stated in a press release.

“The Norman Police Department would once again like to remind everyone that driving drunk is not worth the deadly risks and costly consequences,” Riddles stated. “Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for DUI can be significant.”

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