DUI Checkpoint Set for Saturday

Police to hold a DUI/driver's license checkpoint in town on Saturday.

Here's information provided by the :

If you drink and drive in Livermore, beware, Livermore PD is joining with law enforcement throughout the state for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign through Sept. 3. 

A DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint is scheduled for Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city limit beginning at 4:30 p.m. in partnership with law enforcement statewide during the Summer/Labor Day Campaign. 

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2010 alone, 791 people died in California in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit.  The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

“On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America.  But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,” said Officer Dave Boyes. “Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this statewide wide effort, we will make Livermore’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.”

Alameda County Avoid the 21Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during the 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

“Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel,” said Officer Boyes.  “But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses.” 

According to Livermore PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

This operation is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everyone to Report Drunk Driving – Call 9-1-1!

Mr. Pickles August 31, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Here we go again folks. To avoid one of these costly and embarrassing predicaments just don't drink and drive. So let's hope in Tuesdays crime log none of us will be present. That's my advice for the day. Thank you very much.
Trevor Tooze September 01, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Amen to that Daniel
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Kathy Sorensen September 02, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Check point is on Concannon Blvd.Do the right thing and take a cab or designated driver
Austin September 02, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Driver license checkpoint? What a violation against your Forth Amendment. What probable cause do they have to check if you are licensed. Another way to scheme revenue for our broke state. Sad.
Livermore Resident September 02, 2012 at 03:39 PM
They should only be checking if someone is drunk. If they determine that is the case then they can seek the i.d.
libertus_rebelium September 02, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I don't care when or how often they check for licenses. If they don't have a license, they are almost certainly uninsured and if they hit you and flee, you are screwed. I don't see a problem with rounding these people up.
liberal Antagonist September 02, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Livermore resident. You need to wake up & stop drinking your own bath water. I don't want a person driving w/o a license or insurance. I pay for it, they should also. You need to wake up. If he/she hits you W/O insurance, you pay for the repairs, injuries, and insurance goes up as it is figured as (1) exposure even though it wasn't your fault.
Livermore Resident September 03, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Pretty insulting coming from someone who obviously knows nothing about the law. All I stated is what they are suppose to do. Not what you want them to do. I get what your saying about no insurance, license etc..... I have been a victim no insurance. license etc... But you need to remember that we have rules for a reason. Regardless of how you feel about it. If you don't like, Move to Russia. You might want to do a search about it. You might learn something.
K September 03, 2012 at 07:59 AM
I'm sorry Livermore resident but you sound like typical American right there, move to russia? How ignorant are you? Do you think they don't have laws?
Jow September 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Livermore Resident - That is why they post it in the paper. They are telling you in advance what they are doing. I don't see how you think this is a violation of your rights. If I were you, I would go do some research on exactly what rights you think you have. Driving is a privilege not a right, so they can ask for your license and insurance while checking for drunk drivers.
Livermore Resident September 03, 2012 at 04:12 PM
@k & Joe. You guys are the typical "Patch" responders who only see or want things your way. But hey, doesn't everybody. @K. Thanks for the compliment. The laws in Russia are most likely allot worse than here. I never said they didn't have any. @Joe. Your right they can ask for whatever they want. So can I. Your the one who needs to research the law. I'm done with law school. Have fun
Donna Hunt September 03, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Hello Many towns have DUI check points. If you are not doing something stupid or illegal you don't have to sweat it. Just say thank you to people who do a thankless job.
Jow September 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Ha ha ha. Your response is ridiculous. I highly doubt you're a law school graduate and have bad grammar and troll on this forum. If you're going to troll on a news forum, at least be good at it. Thanks for the laugh so early in the morning.
Livermore Resident September 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Insult me because you have no argument for the topic on hand. Nice!
Livermore Resident September 03, 2012 at 05:02 PM
@Joe. YouTube is your friend
Jow September 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Thank you can go along way to a person doing a thankless job.
Mr. Pickles September 03, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I believe you nailed it on the head Donna Hunt.
tired of ignorant posts September 04, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Just because someone doesn't have a license does not mean they don't have insurance. Wake up people.
Bob September 04, 2012 at 08:18 AM
They need to have the next one on Spingtown Blvd. After Saturday night's crash and escape through the golf course it's about time. Almost crashed into my house.
Austin September 04, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Thank you!!!
Austin September 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
It's really sad how you think. I'm sorry but you are clueless about anything I just said.
Austin September 04, 2012 at 06:37 PM
You all are missing the point. In this country we are protected by a constitution. No one including police can just stop you because they feel like it. They have to have probable cause! A checkpoint is a violation of this freedom because there is no proof to stop anyone.
Austin September 04, 2012 at 08:22 PM
It's called fourth amendment right. They have no probable cause to ask for any of that. They use the posting as an excuse to squeeze around the facts that it is unconstitutional. Also driving is a right not a privilege regardless of what are government has taught.
Jow September 06, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Driving is not a right, driving is a privilege. That is why they can take away your license so you're not allowed to drive. If it was a right we wouldn't have to go get a drivers license. Are you serious? Also, posting it in the paper is not a loophole to bend the 4th amendment. They tell you what they are doing and when. Also, what they are doing is checking for impaired drivers for our protection. You need a reality check, it is not "unreasonable." http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fourth_amendment Read up on the 4th amendment.
Austin September 07, 2012 at 12:27 AM
As hard as it is for those of us in Law enforcement to believe, the American citizen does indeed have the inalienable right to use the roadways unrestricted in any manner as long as they are not damaging or violating property or rights of another. Court case example: "The right of the citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, either by carriage or by automobile, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit or permit at will, but a common right which he has under the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."- Thompson v Smith 154 SE 579. Government, in requiring the people to file for "drivers licenses, vehicle registrations, mandatory insurance, and demanding they stop for vehicle inspections, DUI/DWI roadblocks etc. without question, are "restricting", and therefore violating, the Peoples common law right to travel. 
Timber December 04, 2012 at 06:49 AM
@ Joe "http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/fourth_amendment Read up on the 4th amendment." --------------------------------------------------------------------- There are only three ways your government can lawfully interfere with anyone's Liberty. 1) By a warrant, 2) Probable cause and 3) Your consent A warrant is impractical during such checkpoints and probable cause is, generally, lacking at such checkpoints so this leaves the only method employed by law enforcement to conduct such checkpoints. By way of your consent. Police are free to engage the public in voluntary discourse but there is no legal obligation upon the individual motorist to respond to questioning even during such administrative functions called checkpoints. Compelled (coerced) testimony violates the "reasonable seizure" function of the 4th by way of infringing upon the 5th's prohibition of self-incrimination.
Timber December 04, 2012 at 06:49 AM
@ Joe, From the link you provided: "The consent must be given voluntarily, which means the giver must give it unequivocally, specifically, and intelligently. Consent must not have resulted from coercion or duress." This country permits the exercise of your Rights at will. If you choose to give consent then that is your business. If you choose to restrict your consent that is also your business. The problem lies in the demonization of those freely choosing to exercise their Right, (which by the way is not yours to even judge, or anyone else's in the universe for that matter, let alone forbid its use "for your protection" ) not to answer questioning under such circumstances.
Austin December 04, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Exactly!!!!!!! Thank you Timber


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