A total of seven people are arrested during DUI checkpoints in Fontana

A total of seven people are arrested during DUI checkpoints in Fontana
No arrests recorded at DUI checkpoint
nThe New Haven Police Department Traffic Division conducted its latest DUI checkpoint at the intersection of College and George streets on Feb. 9 and 10, from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Two supervisors oversaw seven officers who worked on the line and stopped every car that drove through. No arrests were made during the checkpoint.

“Tonight, we haven’t had a high traffic rate. … We haven’t had any drunks come through yet,” Lieutenant Mark O’Neill, district manager for downtown and one of two supervisors at the night’s checkpoint, said at 11:43 p.m., almost five hours after the checkpoint opened. “I’m hoping that it’s because nobody is drinking and not that they’re going around us.”

It all depends on the night, he said. In the past, O’Neill has seen five DUI charges in one night on Sargent Drive. On State Street, he’s seen three in one night.

The state decides where checkpoints are allowed to take place. For example, checkpoints cannot take place on a one-way straight or a dead-end road. O’Neill said drivers must have a way to exit for a checkpoint to be legal.

For this reason, drivers coming down College Street can choose to continue straight into the checkpoint or can turn left and opt not to be checked.

Despite that, some people driving under the influence still turn into the checkpoint. O’Neill said some drivers do not read the signs or assume they have something to do with construction or an accident.

“If people are under the influence of alcohol or drugs — which is what these checkpoints look for — they don’t necessarily think of making that right and then the left and then the right,” said Charles Grasso, a retired police sergeant and member of the DUI Task Force, who has commanded more than 25 DUI checkpoints. “They don’t realize that they’re in it until they’re in it.”

A total of seven people were arrested during three DUI/driver’s license checkpoints in Fontana during the weekend of Feb. 9-11.

A large neon sign at the opening of the checkpoint indicates to drivers that the checkpoint is taking place. Police announce of the checkpoint in local newspapers three days in advance. In the Elm City, David Hartman, the police media liaison, also announces checkpoints in his police brief before they occur.

Connecticut is the seventh-strictest state in terms of penalizing DUIs, according to research published in October by Alina Comoreanu, senior researcher for Wallethub. Arizona topped the list as the strictest state and South Dakota was deemed the least strict. The study evaluated 15 key metrics such as minimum jail time, minimum fines, administrative license suspension length and mandatory ignition lock length after a DUI.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

While the checkpoints can catch people driving under the influence, the announcements about the checkpoints are meant to deter people from drinking and driving, according to O’Neill.

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday at Spring Street and 14th Street between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

“Visibility deters crime overall. It shows the community that we’re out there,” Grasso said. “When there is a crime of opportunity, if there are visible police officers, the opportunity goes away.”

Studies of California drivers have shown 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.

At the checkpoint, the cars stop and the officers introduce themselves and conduct a brief interview, asking two to three questions like, “Have you had anything to drink today?” and, “Where are you going?” During the questioning, the officers look for signs of drinking like slurred speech.

If someone is sober and there is no suspicion of alcohol, the stop should last no more than 10 to 15 seconds. But if the officer suspects the driver of drinking, the driver is pulled over to the curb and the police conduct a field sobriety test.

Because the locations of the checkpoints change every month, it is difficult to establish where drunk driving generally occurs, O’Neill said. The department patrols different high-traffic areas during different checkpoints, he explained.

The checkpoint was funded 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’.

“Here, we have the bars downtown. We have a high traffic rate. We do State Street. We do Elm Street,” he said. “We do highly travelled roads.”

Paso Robles PD will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrol on Feb. 23 in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.

The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of sobriety checkpoints in 1990.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A DUI arrest on Sunday might be enough to stop you or someone you know from drinking and driving.

The surveillance video taken around 4:30 p.m. Sunday shows a suspected DUI driver trying to drive through a fence on Magic Avenue.

Witnesses say the driver actually stopped in the middle of the street before driving straight into the gate.

The man wasn't injured but his alcohol level was over the limit police said.

The man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence with a suspended license and no insurance.

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