DUI Checkpoint Planned Thursday Night in Redwood City

The operation will be held at an undisclosed location in the city beginning at 6 p.m., according to police.

The following is an announcement from the Redwood City Police Department: 

The Redwood City Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on June 26, 2104, between the hours of 6:00 pm and 1:00 am. 

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. 

In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driving. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 2 lives and resulted in 45 injury crashes harming 51 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sergeant Neil Uyeda. 

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. 

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. 

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. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints. 

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out. 

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Redwood City Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

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Reality Check June 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Don't get me wrong. DUI is a serious issue. But I fear our local checkpoints have become more about paycheck padding than a good investment of law enforcement time and dollars. Indeed, in this press release, overly defensive-sounding RCPD suspiciously doth protest a bit too much in droning on and on attempting to justify the value of checkpoints to the community. Checkpoints appear to be very costly operations with lots of prep, setup and breakdown time, easily adding up to nearly an entire shift's worth of hours before and after with plenty of inconvenience to thousands of innocent motorists during hours-long events loaded with juicy, juicy overtime for many officers to enjoy. Many of these checkpoint operations yield only 1 or 2 DUIs -- with quite a few yielding ZERO ... with other non-urgent, non-roadblock-justifying violations vastly outnumbering DUIs. I can imagine officers might be falling all over each other to trying to secure one of these easy checkpoint duty assignments (with minimal paperwork or follow-up work because there are so few violations per officer present to write-up or investigate as compared to an officer spending the same amount of time just doing ordinary shift's worth of patrol and/or traffic enforcement). It's great "work" if you can get it, I suppose ... but doesn't RWC still have lots of bigger problems officers could be working on to make our community safer? (The other day I read about two unsolved robberies of pedestrians at gunpoint near Redwood & El Camino, for example.)
terry mccaffrey June 27, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Bust illegals-there's plenty of them.


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