Alameda County Sheriff's Office Holding Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday

The sobriety checkpoint will be in an area with an established accident history and DUI arrests.

From Alameda County Sheriff's Office:

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 24. The sobriety checkpoint will be in an area with an established accident history and DUI arrests.

A key objective of this sobriety checkpoint is to inform drivers of the inherent risks of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of both that make them a danger to themselves and others.

Representatives from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) will be present at the event to provide information about the inherent risks of drunk driving.

Informational signs will be posted advising motorists they are approaching a sobriety checkpoint. Once stopped at the checkpoint, motorists will be delayed only a few seconds while a deputy explains the purpose of the checkpoint and examines the driver for signs of driving under the influence.


David Ross August 24, 2012 at 03:28 PM
What a waste o f manpower, money, and energy. These checkpoints costs thousands of dollars and tie up many hours of manpower. Vehicles are stopped and waste energy idling their engines. For what? My research indicates that the cops find less than 1% of of the hundreds of vehicles stopped are impaired. That said, it is also a money raiser for the cops. What's not mentioned in the article is that the cops will check for other things and give out tickets for vehicle infractions. The part about drivers being stopped for only a few seconds is an absolute joke. Yes, the actual stop is only a few seconds but what's not being taken into account is the time waiting in line for those few seconds. Finally, I believe sobriety checkpoints are unconstitutional. They are stopping everybody even though the cops have NO evidence that the drivers being stopped will be impaired. In other words, guilty before proven innocent. Whatever happened to exact locations being given? I thought this was the law. But, hey, since when did the government ever listen to its own laws when they can get money out of breaking them?
Heartist72 August 24, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Our family was subjected to one of these check points in dublin. They proceeded to run the whole gammet of tests on him while myself and kids watched. He informed the officer that he had one beer at dinner an hour prior to being stopped. The officer asked him to step out of the car and noticed that he had an unsteady gait. My husband explained that he had a brace on his knee because he was post op knee surgery. I think that it was crazy that the officer subjected him and his family to all of the BS tests. After much testing, they gave him a breathalizer that he passed (obviously ). When asked why the officer chose to put him through the tests. He said his eye. Movement failed my first test, really?
Dalamar August 24, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Hi David. Are you sitting down? Get ready. This might come as a shock. I agree with you on what you said this time. Seriously.
David August 24, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Several good points. I don't know why the police keep insisting on these checkpoints when saturation patrols are more effective, less intrusive and cheaper.
David August 24, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I recently watched some videos by a local attorney, Ivan Morse, which gives great advice on how to handle these types of situations.
Rob Raistlin August 24, 2012 at 06:04 PM
This is a complete invasion of privacy. Random checkpoints are just excuses to write out as many tickets as possible. I've gotten speeding tickets from CHP and drove away without fix-it tickets. Not the case with alameda sheriffs dept. The attitude is worse than David Ross said, if anyone has been pulled over by these boys know its not just guilty until proven innocent, it's actually worse. They're attitude is more like; we're letting you go 'cause we can't find anything... this time.
Megan August 24, 2012 at 06:25 PM
One of the main reason I believe the checkpoint is tonight-The Good Guys are in town and many of the attendees get there at 8 in the morning and start drinking either right away and most don't stop till the beer stands shut down. I actually folloed a DUI driver one afternoon from the fiargrounds down Stanley -he was all over the road and almost hitting the barriaces numerous times-I was on the phone with LPD the entire time and they finally pulled hm over at 580@Livermore ave exit--yeah he was drunker then a (bleep) . I was glad I was never to the side of him or in front.
Bergie August 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I was stopped at a checkpoint a few years ago In San Ramon by the sheriff there, told him I had 1 1/2 glasses of wine, offered the restaurant receipt, and then went on my way, took less than 2 minutes. Sorry, David & Rob, the old line is that driving is a privilege, not a right, so "they" can stop you any time you are driving for any reason (=no reason). If you don't like it, don't drive: driving is not a constitutional right. As to the AC sheriff's dep't: they need more training on traffic issues, stopped me for going through a yellow light: the deputy told me: "well, it was going to be red." Really? It was "going to be" green too. Remember, "they" have weapons and a ticket book, so it is always an unfair match.
Rob Raistlin August 24, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Bergie you are addressing the wrong issues. The issues are whether the ACSD checkpoints are effective, once pulled over the ACSD are addressing issues other than intoxication and their general attitude toward john q. public. All of which border on harassment. Something you experienced judging by your personal experience with the boys at the ACSD even if you didnt realize it.
David August 24, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Another reason the checkpoint is tonight is quoted from the article "Alameda County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 24. " :)
David August 24, 2012 at 08:35 PM
There are several constitutional amendments which still provide protection whether you're driving or not. Its your prerogative to surrender those rights but I'd prefer to keep mine.
Bergie August 24, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Yes. I acknowledge the harrassment, even though I didn't address it above. I have had few other ACSD incidents and they were reasonable...except for driving/traffic issues: stopped for "speeding" when I wasn't; parking tickets for me and my neighbors that were not legit, etc. As to effective: the presence of MADD, whose agenda is to make illegal driving with ANY alcohol in your system speaks to the long term goals. As to "unreasonable search and seizure," we give up some of that when we get licensed, but we can still discuss different views of what is "unreasonable," and I suspect we are closer in our opinions than we are to ACSD. MADD would have us give up our rights to any alcohol in our system when driving, and, therefore, any means to determine if we have had any.
Ken Briggs August 25, 2012 at 12:26 AM
you know if they told you njust where this pit stop was going to be at ,that it seems that the drunks will come and all the other folks that should not be out on the road . so besure you have your license with you and all lights work and have that front license plate . hope they get a few drunks off the road . but why just have just one pit stop . they should have a few more .
Lisa August 25, 2012 at 04:38 AM
They're all set up on Mission Blvd right in front of the Creekside shopping center...makes trying to get into the shopping center a nightmare. I'm sure the store owners are pleased. It also looked like every sheriff deputy in the county was there - even a Livermore cop! Sure hope there's no other crime happening tonight!
Ken Briggs September 05, 2012 at 12:55 AM
this is over a week old , take it off the board . when is the next one .
Autumn Johnson (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Thanks for the suggestion, Ken but we do not remove our stories. We will let you know when we get word of the next check point.


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