Fairfield police schedule DUI checkpoint

By From page A3 | May 22, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield police plan to conduct a checkpoint this week to look for drivers who are driving under the influence or without a license.

The checkpoint will be from 7 p.m. Friday to 12:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location, a Fairfield police press release said. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized driving-under-the-influence checkpoints and driving-under-the-influence patrols are conducted routinely, it said.

California in 2012 had 802 deaths in accidents associated with an impaired driver, the press release said. The nation had nearly 10,000 people killed by impaired drivers. Locally, accidents involving impaired drivers killed seven people and caused 142 injuries over the past three years, it said.

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Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • 2realMay 22, 2014 - 5:52 am

    Let me guess wendys on n. Texas st or starbucks on travis by the mall?

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  • CD BrooksMay 22, 2014 - 6:02 am

    . Those numbers need to be reduced to zero, there is no excuse. Alcohol provides for millions of jobs and huge tax revenue. Maybe that’s why our DUI laws are less stringent then where they need to be? What a load of BS that is! There is way too much information available on DUI everybody knows it but many believe they can "get home okay." People are getting seriously injured and dying because of this easily avoidable criminal act. The time for talking about it needs to stop and get serious. Increase the penalties putting jobs and homes at risk first offense. Maybe they will get the picture.

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  • Grumpy GusMay 22, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    Please... the old drivers with their diminished reaction times, on anti depressents, blood pressure meds and whatever else that is in the daily cocktail of prescription drugs they suck down are just as bad if not worse as the guy blowing .01 Everybody knows the DUI checkpoints are really just a way to harass the low landers... You want to get some real drunks... Do a DUI checkpoint near the golf courses!

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  • PeggySmithMay 22, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    Drink and driving is 100% preventable. keep the DUI checkpoint going we need more..

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  • 2realMay 22, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    And maybe do em in a random place, not the same old spot all the drunks drive around to avoid.

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  • Grumpy GusMay 22, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    You want to really address the drunkin' driving problem, you would quit harrassing the lowlanders by the mall and park your cruisers over near the two Golf Courses in the afternoon. Get Drunk Donnie in his Mercedes as he leaves the 19th hole at Rancho and drives past the grade school at the bottom of the hill... Or 3 Martini Mark as he leaves Paradise Valley and drives down Dover past the kids getting out of Fairfield high. But that will never happen in this town. It is all about stopping us as we drive on Texas or Travis Blvd to see if we have insurance and legal drivers licenses... What a scam...

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  • Mr.RMay 22, 2014 - 9:25 pm

    IF those on the left where serious about stopping drunk drivers they would be talking about removing cars from the public ( also would stop pollution ) and only allow highly trained liberals to drive.

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  • 2realMay 22, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    Gus, thats sad but true

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