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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 7:37 pm | Updated: 9:37 am, Sun Jan 1, 2012.

The first of two multi-agency DUI saturation operations this weekend kept the Lodi Police Department busy Friday night, with the department nabbing 11 people for a host of crimes, including one minor who had a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a homicide.

During an eight hour operation, 12 police officers participated, including officers from the Lathrop, Stockton, Manteca, and Lodi Police Departments.

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  • Christie Buck posted at 8:26 am on Mon, Jan 2, 2012.

    ChristieBuck Posts: 10

    Go LPD! There is no excuse for drinking and driving. Period. There are many ways one could have gotten home without getting behind the wheel of a car. If you are caught drinking and driving at a checkpoint and are arrested, it is no one's fault but your own. Personal responsibility is a key in this issue. Not just for the influenced driver, but for everyone.

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 6:31 am on Mon, Jan 2, 2012.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Joe Baxter, You are so are so right, I completely missed that, it was a saturation operation. I stand corrected, my mistake.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 2:43 pm on Sun, Jan 1, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    This was a "saturation" operation, not a checkpoint. Officers stopped these cars for probable cause. Read the next article and asked the guy who got smashed into by an impaired driver if he wishes that driver would have been caught by observant police BEFORE he was hit. I shake my head everytime I read about these morons drinking/drugging and then getting behind the wheel of a car. If you have ever suffered a tragic loss because of an impaired driver, you would be a booster of these operations. GO LPD, book'em...

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 11:22 am on Sun, Jan 1, 2012.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Make no mistake, these are law enforcement checkpoints (they are not just DUI checkpoints) an are just an end run around the law. The courts have said you cannot conduct random check points, this is why the police call them DUI checkpoints to get around the court ruling. Because the courts say you can conduct DUI checkpoints...

    It's kinda like drinking only one beer (which would put you at roughly .02) and then getting into a car and driving, you probably won't be charged with drunk driving if you got caught because you weren't technically impaired according to the law, even though you really are... Even still, you could still be charged with being an impaired driver, but that's unlikely.

    The point is this, this is what law enforcement is doing when they setup these checkpoints and call them DUI checkpoints, because they cannot randomly stop people or conduct a checkpoint otherwise. So with a DUI checkpoint they get to fish for anything and everything and if they happen to catch a "few" drunk drivers (I say a "few" because they get far more of every other kind of law breaker which is the ultimate goal here) all the better.

    Must be nice to be able to skirt the courts ruling and call it something it really isn't. But then law enforcement as a whole have always done what ever they want to do, and are rarely held accountable, and even more rare, do they have any consequences if they are held to bare, and in fact most of the time refuse to take responsibility for their actions! Just read any newspaper, I "don't' think I have ever seen a law enforcement entity come right out and say "yes we screwed up, were not perfect we'll take steps to fix the problem so there won't be a next time. Which is really amazing, considering the police are human beings and are susceptible to mistakes just like the rest of us which makes it even more amazing they don't ever have any...

    O well, you know the old saying, "do as we say not as we do"



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