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DUI Checkpoint Set for Saturday

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

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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!

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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