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Fairfield DUI-license checkpoint sweeps up 12

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From page A7 | December 18, 2013 | 16 Comments

FAIRFIELD — A police checkpoint conducted over the weekend snared one suspected drunken driver and 11 others suspected of driving without a license or with a suspended or revoked license.

Fairfield police conducted the checkpoint from 8 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday on the 2200 block of North Texas Street.

Officers screened 560 vehicles, according to a Monday news release announcing the results.

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This version correct the start time of the checkpoint.

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Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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  • The MisterDecember 17, 2013 - 6:36 am

    A DUI checkpoint is in reality UNconstitutional, but a black-robed judge waived your constitutional rights and said, for the greater good, it's okay. But it has never, ever been deemed constitutional for a "license" check. That is 100 UNconstitutional (violation of the 4th amendment). In this dragnet, 11 out of 12 were found in violation of the "license check". It sounds very much as if these police roadblocks are, in fact, paperwork checkpoints... hugely illegal and hugely UNconstitional. Yet the police get overtime, the City gets grant money, the bean-counters are happy and the people get skrewed.

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  • skDecember 17, 2013 - 6:57 am

    So you condone these butt holes to be driving around unlicensed????? If it were up to me, there would be a LICENSE check point in some unannounced location DAILY!!!! Hopefully none of them, undoubtedly also UNINSURED will ever run into YOU.

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  • The MisterDecember 17, 2013 - 7:31 am

    SK, it's illegal for these button holes to be driving around unlicensed. It's illegal (UNconstitutional) for the police state to violate your rights as reflected in the 4th amendment. Which illegal activity is a bigger threat to you? A ex-husband who couldn't keep up on his child support driving home from his third job OR a police state that violates your rights regardless of their oath to uphold the protections of the Constitution?

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  • CD BrooksDecember 17, 2013 - 8:47 am

    The Mister, sorry I'm not picking on you. The facts are a little different than you are suggesting. Driving without a license or never having had one is different than driving with a suspended or revoked license. They are both illegal but one less painful than the other. The former possibly gets you a citation and/or notice to appear and released. The latter get you arrested and your car impounded. These really are a good thing. A tad inconvenient at times perhaps, but a good thing nonetheless.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 17, 2013 - 7:04 am

    The Mister, in 1990 the Supreme Ct. found DUI checkpoints to be Constitutional but then decided to leave said checkpoints up to the states. Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are the only states not condoning the practice. Unless you’re willing to move I would suggest you don’t drive with a suspended or revoked license (If arrested you car can be impounded for 30 days) or DUI. I like checkpoints and want to see all illegal drivers removed from a car and our roadways. My only issue is that DUI penalties are nowhere near harsh enough.

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  • The MisterDecember 17, 2013 - 7:26 am

    The point is, CD, that it's not a DUI checkpoint as much as it is "your papers, please!" checkpoint. The intent might have been one thing, but the practice and the result are something else indeed.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 17, 2013 - 7:41 am

    The Mister, I don't understand your argument? The law is very clear on the issue. If you don't break the law, you have nothing to worry about. If you are a deadbeat parent then shame on you but a DUI checkpoint is not going to do anything about that. You have to be reasonable here. My argument is that if we had a proper fully staffed traffic division, they'd bust all these folks and some very dangerous people with guns and drugs too. And I would STILL support checkpoints just in case.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 17, 2013 - 8:35 am

    The Mister, BTW if for any reason they did bust somebody for outstanding warrants or other known criminal activity (and deadbeat parents are among them) then I am all for that too! As responsible law-abiding citizens, our rights are to be respected. Getting these jokers off the streets and justice for those they're harming goes a long way in satisfying our Constitutional guarantees.

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  • The MisterDecember 17, 2013 - 9:48 am

    But what's lawful isn't always right. It used to be lawful to kill and enslave Indians and Blacks in this country. You pull up to the checkpoint with a dead body in the back seat. The cops roll it over. "It's okay, it's an Indian. Move along." Or, "You don't have a license because you're new to our country and didn't know? Okay, sign this ticket and move along." Or, "You don't have a license because you didn't pay your back taxes... Out of the car. You're going to jail." The further rationale gets from Natural Law, the more contorted it must become. The contortions benefit nobody but the police state.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 17, 2013 - 9:54 am

    The Mister, you've gone completely off the track. Good luck with your travels, hope you don't encounter any checkpoints. Have a nice day.

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  • rlw895December 17, 2013 - 9:57 am

    Oh no, TM hyperbole and Natural Law again. The horror, the horror!

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 17, 2013 - 9:36 am

    All that money and manpower wasted and this is all you reeled in? It will get pleaded down to a wet reckless and that's all.

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  • General Fadi BasemDecember 17, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    They maintained this checkpoint "...from 8 a.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday...". Yikes!! That's eleven hours.

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  • General Fadi BasemDecember 17, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    Double Yikes!!! Make that seventeen hours. Time for that remedial math class.

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  • Glen FaisonDecember 17, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    Typo alert: The start time is now corrected.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 18, 2013 - 6:50 am

    Your papers please Komrade. Its OK for you to be ''undocumented'' komrade. But not for you komrade. Your papers are not in order. All power to the glorious State Komrade.

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