Vacaville police plan DUI checkpoint

By From page A3 | March 27, 2014

VACAVILLE — Police will screen for motorists driving under the influence Friday at a checkpoint in Vacaville.

Officers with the Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint within city limits from 6 p.m. to midnight, according to a press release from the Vacaville Police Department. Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, police said.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 47 injury crashes harming 62 of our friends and neighbors,” said Vacaville Police Sgt. Mark Donaldson in a press release.

Police said people caught driving while impaired can expect jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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

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  • The MisterMarch 27, 2014 - 8:21 am

    So they will only cite or arrest drivers who are actually Driving Under the Influence? Or will they also arrest people, and deprive them of their property (vehicle), for administrative violations; like expired DL, expired registration, etc. If they do, then it's not a DUI checkpoint... it's an Administrative Compliance checkpoint. How does that square with the Constitution? It doesn't. Come on, VVPD... be honest when you name these checkpoints. It's a UCAC checkpoint (un-Constitutional Administrative Compliance). Thank you.

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  • patrickMarch 27, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    these checkpoints also take unlicensed drivers--people without insurance---Fairfield has an average of 2 hit and run accidents a day-- probably unlicensed and uninsured drivers. who is the victim? not the one who ran. ca law states you must have a license and insurance.

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  • The MisterMarch 27, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    And any of that, Patrick, has what to do with driving under the influence? It's not a DUI checkpoint... it's a UCAC checkpoint (un-Constitutional Administrative Compliance).

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  • patrickMarch 27, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    looks to that you have neither a drivers license or insurance and you don't drink and drive. appears to me that you know more about the constitution then Obama. who violates it constantly.

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  • CD BrooksMarch 27, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Patrick, your information is not correct. The Mister lives for these things. Don't like check points? Don't break the law. You might one day be grateful somebody was arrested that might have hurt your family. They are Constitutionally valid, get over it.

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  • 2realMarch 27, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    Im not seeing any major benifets from those checkpoints either patrick. If u get two drunk drivers(MAYBE) outta thousands of cars screened... but half the force out there standing around on the tax payers dime... doesnt quite even out.. go solve the murders around town. Their not gunna come to you like the one or two duis u might catch... u actully have to find them

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  • DeniseMarch 27, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    I am curious to know what the actual cost of overtime is for these check points. I know that the cities will say, "It's a Grant." That is true, but whether the funds come from the state or city's coffers we tax payers are the ones paying for it.

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  • streetMarch 27, 2014 - 11:41 pm

    @Denise; I didn't mean to threaten you. Sorry if you took it that way. But here is an idea; instead of throwing crap against the wall, call and ask the city what it costs; and as I said, the grant covers it, it is budgeted, and it is required. Pick your fight somewhere else.

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