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Lodi’s DUI arrest rate is high

However, experts believe it’s not due to more drunk drivers — just more people getting caught

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2 comments:

  • Erin Carroll posted at 5:03 pm on Sat, Jul 13, 2013.

    Erin Posts: 3

    Is the writer blaming the cops for doing their job vigilantly? "Let people drive drunk... it is good for business."

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:25 am on Sat, Jul 13, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 500

    Lodi definitely has a drinking problem with the downtown saturated with bars, wine tasting rooms and restaurant bars, many with outdoor seating on public sidewalks where daily and each evening you can see the same old regular alcoholics perched imbibing in some sort of alcoholic frenzy with many being loud and belligerent and the proprietors of these businesses afraid to correct them for fear of losing a valued customer. The so called DUI checkpoints in Lodi, with all participants supposedly drawing overtime pay, have turned into nothing and with the addition of /license checkpoints to the title of these nothing but racial profiling, misdemeanor traffic citation and towing/impound traps rather than accomplishing the real mission of arresting impaired drivers. It is very irritating to see all the drunks driving around town during the constant wine events and wine strolls in downtown Lodi that require participants to consume alcohol and then have to drive their vehicle from one venue to the other and not have the DUI checkpoints either setup on those particular evenings or in an area very remote from the event, making sure that it would be the least impossible route for an impaired driver to take home after consuming too much alcohol and being impaired. The brain dead officer that plans these dui/license checkpoints, in my opinion, should be fired. Driving through one of these checkpoints looks like a big party with a catering truck to serve food to those who are lucky enough to get the gravy overtime duty, usually enough tow trucks to tow or impound dozens of cars, and enough personnel to staff a complete police station. Many of these checkpoints and other cities are conducted by a staff of six officers and tow companies that pay up to $75,000 for the exclusive right to tow and impound vehicles. Just why does the Lodi police department need so many personnel, including tow truck operators, the senior police officers and a catering truck to conduct these DUI/license checkpoints? This whole fiasco just makes me think that the Lodi police department is still afraid to embarrass one of the good old boys or girls by arresting them for a DUI incident and then having the notorious local newspaper ad to the embarrassment by glamorizing the incident in their failing five day a week paper. Maybe it's time for the Lodi police department to assign someone who has the gumption to plan these checkpoints on the evening's of these major wine events and wine wanderings to take care of the real problem of impaired drivers in and around the city of Lodi. The talk goes that if the word gets out that the city of Lodi is issuing too many DUI citations that this would affect the amount of people that would attend these events. There's no excuse for driving while impaired and when I hear the talk going around that the checkpoints on these nights of these events are being bypassed, I feel it's just a lame excuse for the city of Lodi and their police department to give a get out of jail free card to those who regularly attend these events and still insist on driving while impaired. There's talk that the dui blood alcohol limit will soon be downgraded to .05 and that will mean that the amount of alcohol consumed will be very little, maybe two drinks of glasses of wine, and you will officially be over the limit to operate a vehicle. And the fact that many of these participants are either open or closet alcoholics/addicts and maybe the fact that a citation or an arrest for DUI could possibly mean a positive change in their lifestyle on the road to sobriety. That is one of the biggest facts left out of these controversial checkpoints. The fact that the denial of alcoholism/addiction is revealed and hopefully the perpetrator will seek some help.

     
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