DUI Enforcement, Checkpoint Scheduled

Police on Saturday will hold a DUI and driver's license checkpoint in town.

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 starting Friday to Sept. 3.

A DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint is scheduled for Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city limit beginning at 8 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!

Harmony pennington August 18, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Livermore Taxi Cab Co. Has a FreeRide system. Call them and ask about it. 925-321-TAXI. They have freeRide nights for the whole city also.
Harmony pennington August 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Harmony pennington August 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM
925-321-TAXI Livermore Taxi Cab Co. Has a FreeRide system. Call them and ask about it. They have freeRide nights for the whole city also.
JJP August 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Nathan you are in denial and not so special. Many folks think they are even better driver while under the influence Explain all that to the police that hopefully arrest you next time you are driving drunk. Hopefully arrest you before you kill or injure someone else. You are not so special bud.
Trevor Tooze August 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
It is for people with your attitude, that these check points are necessary.
Trevor Tooze August 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I suggest that you enroll for the citizens police academy, then you might realize what our so called "lazy police" really do, to protect the likes of you, and every livermore resident.
Larry Dickman August 18, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Wives make good DD's and once you're home you have your date with you for further fun. don't be too belligerent and you may get lucky.
PuffD August 18, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Nathan 21, you must be the most ignorant person that has ever made a comment on the Patch. A suggestion, why don't you attend a MADD benefit, and benefit them with your great knowledge of how intoxicated you have to be before you are impaired.
Michael Delfino August 18, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Nathan21 is correct in that alcohol effects people differently. While one person at .08 may in fact still be ok to drive, someone else could be falling drown drunk at that level. Having said that, it's impossible to know within ourselves whether that's the case or not. Beyond all that, NOBODY is a BETTER driver at .08 or even .01, despite what they might think... My personal rule, is that if I have more than one drink with my dinner, I'm not driving unless I know it's going to be the appropriate number of hours (two hours for each drink) in between the last drink and the drive. It's really not that difficult if you have a tiny bit of common sense.
PuffD August 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Great point Michael. That is why .08 is the limit for CA. It is also the reason that most DUI's invovling DUI with marijuana do not get charged by the DA. There is no set limit for DUI marijuana.
Vel August 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM
They can get a motel room if they are far from home. Even a SF motel room is less expensive than a funeral.
Joseph Robiillard August 19, 2012 at 02:34 AM
@Nathan21 they are no arresting mostly people between .07 and .08! 0.7 to 0.79 would not be illegal (except in the case of someone under 21, and the average DUI arrest in California has BAC of .15.
David Smith August 19, 2012 at 04:09 AM
The reason why they announce it is so people will stay home. It's like if you know a speed trap is around the corner you slow down. By pre-announcing, but not saying where, they hope people stay home if they're going to be drinking.
mike August 19, 2012 at 04:39 AM
You give longhairs a bad name. How about taking BART then if a taxi is too expensive, but wait that would eat up your beer money.
mike August 19, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Kids talkin smack! Real tough guys and know it all's and then how fast can their parents come and bail them out of their latest jam?
Nathan21 August 19, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Actually buddy they do it all the time. They can arrest you at .02 if they want. It's a called a wet and reckless. It log jams our court systems and then they have to throw the cases out most the time.... You learn something new every day, will I try to!
Nathan21 August 19, 2012 at 05:55 AM
Oh and BTW, I'm talking about LPD. Not the State ave....
Nathan21 August 19, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Puff diddly- ignorant hah, I thought this was a place where adults could have some nice litte discussions. Not get all huffy puffy and start name calling. It's not good to assume & get upset over things you don't understand. In the future why don't you ask questions before you start your tantrums..
party animal August 19, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Watch out if you like going to the cardroom DUI checkpoint is always closeby. Be safe drink at home alone to avoid join the wrong crowd
Mike August 19, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I know another person that had felt like Longhair does, she is now serving 4 years for killing my daughter. The woman could have called a cab or had a DD but instead she made the choice to drive drunk.
Mike S August 19, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I think Puff brings up a good point. If an impaired person with .08 BAC has a reaction time of X is that any more dangerous than a non-impaired person (BAC .00) with a recation time of X+?
mike August 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM
You want be dumb about something, do it about the intricacies of nuclear power or something like that, not the tragic consequences of drunk driving.
mike August 19, 2012 at 04:48 PM
4 years for killing somebody due to drunk driving is not enough, as the victims parents will suffer for the rest of their lives.
Chris August 19, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Asians must always have a BAC of .08+
Timber August 20, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Another suspicion-less roadblock to "reasonably" ask you to confess to any crime so it can be used against you in court. The 5th explicitly states " No person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property..."
David August 20, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Cut you hair and your head off at the same time idiot.
Robert August 21, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Mark Tarte August 21, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Nathan, where do you get your statistics on the arrests of DUI suspects by LPD as far as their BAC is concerned?
Eric August 21, 2012 at 01:23 PM
You really are a IDIOT!!!
TrueRealist August 22, 2012 at 03:19 AM
You're a drinking super hero. Congrats. Lets see how that holds up in court...


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