The comments section of The ClayCord offers an interesting perspective on the thoughts of local residents near the GJEL Bay Area offices. Over the weekend, the Concord Police Department set up well advertised DUI check points, and today the ClayCord readers sounded off about the results.
First, here are the results from the checkpoint which ran from 9:30pm to 3:30am Saturday night:
- 683 drivers screened
- 7 DUI Suspects Arrested
- 13 Vehicles Impounded
- 11 Unlicensed/Suspended Drivers
- 1 Warrant Arrest
- 1 Arrest for possession of a controlled substance
So, all in all, a decent haul, but to catch 7 DUI drivers, about 1 percent of the drivers screened, was the it worth it?
In the comments section, the reactions were mixed. What I found so interesting were the number of people who thought that the stops constituted illegal search and seizure. In reality, these are perfectly legal, so long as they are announced and people are made aware that a checkpoint is ahead.
It’s quite possible that an intoxicated driver chose to go around. As one commenter put it, "He just drove past 6 huge sobriety Checkpoint signs, 4 lighted traffic signs, 150 orange cones, 3 Sheriff trailers, 7 motorcycle cops. The movie set of the Blues Brothers would have been less conspicuous!"
Although it may seem like an imposition, the announcement and visibility of these checkpoints is known to be one of the best ways to deter the deadly auto accidents that are far too common when someone decides to get behind the wheel after having a few.