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Vacaville DUI checkpoint nets total of 10 arrests and citations

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VACAVILLE — A DUI-drivers license checkpoint in Vacaville netted arrests of two suspects for alleged driving under the influence and arrest or citation of eights drivers for license-related violations, police said.

The checkpoint took place Saturday between 6 p.m and midnight on Allison Drive between Travis Way and Ulatis Drive.

A total of 501 vehicles were screened. The license violations involved drivers operating a vehicle while unlicensed or with a license that had been suspended or revoked.

A California Office of Traffic Safety grant, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, paid for the checkpoint. The national administration concludes checkpoints are most effective DUI enforcement strategy.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 31, 2013 - 6:37 am

    The Mister will be chiming in with his unconstitutional 4th Amendment rants soon. Too bad god didn’t help these folks check their free will before breaking the friggin law. Oh yeah, he only shows up on the 12th. Never mind.

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  • The MisterDecember 31, 2013 - 8:22 am

    So, two percent of the people who were Constitutionally violated were found in need of any arrest (which is not the supposed purpose of a DUI checkpoint) and zero point four percent of the people were actually arrested for violating the what is the supposed purpose of the police state checkpoint. If the real purpose of a DUI checkpoint were to get people to not drive after drinking, then it seems all that overtime money could have been spent much more effectively. DUI checkpoints are not at all a successful operation... if their goal to catch drunk drivers. But if their goal is to acclimate the good citizens to the tyrannical police state, it's doing a fine job.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 31, 2013 - 8:42 am

    The Mister thank you. Happy New Year!

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  • The MisterDecember 31, 2013 - 8:59 am

    Hi CD... you suppose 2014 will be the year we start seeing things the same way? Happy New Year to you too!

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  • B. ThiemerDecember 31, 2013 - 8:54 am

    "The national administration concludes checkpoints are most effective DUI enforcement strategy." Checkpoints are a great enforcement strategy for many activities.. let's expand checkpoints to cover many items. Additionally, let's expand checkpoints to include domiciles; after all, if an intoxicated person never gets behind the wheel in the first place, isn't that -more- safe?

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  • The MisterDecember 31, 2013 - 9:01 am

    How about some pro-active cavity searches too? Someone's got to be hiding something.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 31, 2013 - 9:04 am

    Mr. Thiemer, I often wonder how long it would take folks to snap if they walked out of drinking establishments or some home party only to find them and their vehicles "under observation?" I'm only guessing but I'm pretty sure there isn't a Constitutional or religious challenge there? :) If government would accept my proposal adding a mandatory and non-refundable $10K fine for DUI just to open the cell door with bail and fines/penalties to follow, I bet things would change.

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  • B. ThiemerDecember 31, 2013 - 10:26 am

    I disagree with more fines against DUI drivers. For a crime that is so serious and has the potential to destroy innocent lives, monetizing it just trivializes the severity. If we are serious about combating and eliminating intoxicated driving, then let's revoke the driving privilege permanently for people found guilty of DUI.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 31, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    Mr. Thiemer, people are going to drive whether they have a license or not. Every single check point proves that. Hitting someone in the pocket book, threatening the reality of losing their job, house and everything else is far more intimidating and in my opinion more likely to curb this behavior. That small percentage that will go ahead drink and drive anyway is hopeless. We should get to the heart of those that care about not only their own family, but others as well. .

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  • The MisterDecember 31, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Seems like a cop could make a pretty good "probable cause" if he were outside a bar around closing time and watched an individual stagger to a nearby vehicle, get in and begin driving erratically. That is PC for a traffic stop. Setting up a police state checkpoint to stop 501 drivers is not PC for a traffic stop. It's tyranny that violates the 4th Amendment. And don't tell me "the Supreme Court ruled...". The Supreme Court was Constitutionally created to provide their opinion... and their opinion was never the bases for de facto law. ("Case law" is an un-Constitutional method to make law... as such, "case law" is un-Constitutional as law. Supreme Court opinions are un-Constitutional as law.) Here's the 4th Amendment: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Here's my opinion: People have a right to be secure in their persons and their car against all searches and seizures (any cars towed from the checkpoint?) unless there exists probably cause witnessed by the police or upon an oath-based, detail-specific, judge-issued warrant. Any other interpretation of the 4th Amendment is a contorted lie to facilitate tyranny and the police state.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 31, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    The Mister, I get your point, I really do. But in the end, doesn't come back to not breaking the law in the first place? My interpretation is that once you've broken the law, your rights (in regards to search and seizure) end because now you've opened the door and there is an expectation that you might have multiple infractions like open container, drugs or weapons.

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  • The MisterDecember 31, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    CD, it's when you've been suspected or accused of breaking a law that exercising your rights becomes most important. Let's say you've got an unregistered long gun that was given to you by your grandfather some 40 years ago that you've kept stored in the rafters of the garage and haven't thought about for years. Now your ex-girlfriend is mad at you and tells the cops you are growing weed in your house. The cops get a warrant and bust in your door and don't find any drugs. But they did find that old rifle. Now you are arrested for not having it registered... but now it's illegal to own it in California so you have possession of an illegal firearm. Felonies! You'll spend a few days in jail before you bail out. The DA wants to crack down on illegal guns because he'll get grant money from the state. You spend a year going to court and paying a lawyer. You may get 5 years in prison. But the cops never had a warrant to search your garage rafters or to search for illegal firearms. Because your ex-girlfriend lied, she should go to prison... but she'll never even be charged. And you never did anything wrong... except that you didn't demand protection of your rights BEFORE any of this ever happened. Don't think this couldn't happen? It happens every single day across this country. One day it will happen in Fairfield.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 31, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    The Mister, there are so many holes in your argument I won't attempt to go there. I think you may be paranoid. I was speaking primarily to driving offenses but that's okay, I get your point. Disagree like a 1000%, but I understand now how you feel.

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  • JBDragonDecember 31, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    If this was all about DUI, it would be far, far more effective to have the police hang out right out of site of the bars around town at watch the drunks get into their cars and catch them there and then! Instead you have the police hassling a bunch of people to catch a couple DUI. I mean really? Doesn't seem very effective to me. Only looks to me like the police are looking for a whole list of things for a so called DUI check point.

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