Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fullerton PD Plans DUI Checkpoint - Will Not Say Where


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE #05910

Subject : Police plan sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint
Contact : Sgt. Andrew Goodrich, Fullerton Police Department (714) 738-6838
Sylvia Palmer Mudrick, Public Information Coordinator, Fullerton City Manager’s Office (714) 738-6317

The Fullerton Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint Friday, March 19, as part of its ongoing efforts to educate motorists on the dangers of drinking and driving.

The checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m.-2 a.m., and the location is not being announced, but will be on a major thoroughfare.

Motorists passing through the checkpoint will receive safe driving literature from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), Community Services Programs Inc. and the state Office of Traffic Safety.

Sgt. Tak Kim, who is coordinating the checkpoint for the Police Department, said DUI checkpoints are a “proven method for achieving the department’s goal of increasing awareness as to the dangers of driving while impaired by either alcohol or drugs.

“Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving after consuming alcohol and/or drugs, and that message is ‘Drunk Driving: Over the limit, under arrest.’”

He said the checkpoint is also a good method for ensuring motorists are driving with valid licenses.
Kim added the department also encourages the public to do its part to keep roadways safe by reporting drivers they suspect to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Further information about the checkpoint may be obtained by contacting the Fullerton Police Traffic Bureau at (714) 738-5313.


I have heard some interesting perspectives on DUI checkpoints that I hadn't considered before. Some think that giving up our freedom to move without unreasonable searches and seizures is justified if it means taking one drunk off the street. Others believe that they are great because unlicensed drivers, usually illegal aliens or poor people, get arrested and their cars impounded.

I always thought that a good cop could sit out side of a bar and stop one after the other for DUI with little effort; much like shooting fish in a barrel.  No major taskforce or traffic control was needed to bust these offenders. So, why pool resources in an area that may or may not have DUI drivers passing by? My guess is that it looks good to the residents if the PD is "trying" especially when the PD reports back to the council just how many cars are impounded.

If we are serious about protecting the public and not the headlines or revenue generated by these checkpoints, I think the city should pay back every penny of the grant money and only keep what is left. Otherwise, we have taxpayers throughout the country paying for a problem created by our own bars. We should not need state or federal subsidies to cover the expense of cleaning up a mess created by saturating our city with too many bar permits.



3 comments:

  1. If the government requires drivers to have a valid license, paid registration and adequate insurance, what is the process in which they check for compliance??

    If you are driving in violation then you should be stopped. If the cops get money from the Feds based on a DUI guise, all the better.

    Have you been victimized by an uninsured, difficult to find and never-would-pay deadbeat? Most are probably here illegally.

    I would have a check point at every major intersection if affordable.

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  2. I was burned by an uninsured Mexican national who also didn't have a license. Typically, uninsured and unlicensed drivers are also bad drivers, which usually makes spotting them easy. I would rather see the bars be more responsible than continue to have everyone stop to prove they are legal drivers.

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  3. We should never drink and drive, but I still like to know where checkpoints
    will be in Orange County, San Diego, and LA. I may use calcheckpoint
    (www.twitter.com/calcheckpoint) to find out where they are

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JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



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Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

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