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DUI checkpoint on West Kettleman Lane nets no arrests

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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:07 pm

Lodi police didn’t arrest anyone during its weekend DUI-driver’s license checkpoint, which took place from 7 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of West Kettleman Lane.

However, officers cited eight drivers for operating an unlicensed vehicle or for driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to police Sgt. David Griffin.

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  • robert maurer posted at 9:56 am on Sat, Feb 16, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 450

    The LNS used to inform the public about when and where DUI checkpoints would be conducted. I don't know if they still do or not, but in my opinion,anybody who was cited for any traffic infraction deserved it since they can be seen a half mile away,due to stopped traffic. Some claim the race card is being played, since it seems to target hispanics. According to statistics(AAA) if I remember correctly,25% or 1 out of 4 drivers on California drivers on the road are not (A)properly licenced or not licenced at all or(B) driving without any type of liability insurance andabout 50% of these were hispanic. California has 42,000+ reported traffic accidents each year,thus 10,000 of these drivers were in category A or B. therefore 1 out of 3 drivers will have an accident in 1 year's period of time and 1 out 5 drivers will be killed in a 3 year period of time. What do you think your chances are of being one of these statistics?Do you think DUI checkpoints are a waste? I've been a victim to a crash with an uninsured unlicenced and illegal immigrant who fled the scene after leaving me for dead on the side of the road.(car vs. motorcycle) Don't shoot the messenger if you don't like the message: fix the the root cause of the message.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:47 am on Tue, Feb 12, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    My opinion of these checkpoints is that they look to me to serve only two purposesMs. Frutas, I share your thoughts on the placement of these license checkpoints. If they were really serious about keeping impaired/drugged/drunk drivers off the road, they would have set up on the corner of Turner and Lower Sac where, this weekend, every imbiber and alcoholic and impaired driver would surely have had to pass through, LPD could have filled the jail and sent the overflow to the county jail. What a waste of overtime and manpower. Why don't they stage these checkpoints based around the downtown area where downtown is overloaded with alcohol consuming/selling businesses? Or better yet, use those funds on impaired saturation patrols? And using multi agency law enforcement rather than just LPD, who have been rumored to issue certain groups of people a free pass, kind of like the Old chief Hansen "get out of jail free" cards. Oh, I forgot, those saturation patrols don't generate big overtime nor minor traffic traffic citations resulting in fines for the city coffers and LPD, not to mention big time losses to those lucky six tow/impound companies that used to get as many as thirty tows in an evening and less than three dui/impaired arrests. I notice the number of spiffy, new tow vehicles has drastically decreased in town since the new laws went into effect allowing a licensed driver to retrieve the vehicle within a certain time frame. A new law, AB 2129 now allows undocumented immigrants to be able to qualify for a CA drivers' license, which will further decrease the amount of drivers being ticketed?towed? impounded for simply being unlicensed, in my opinion. Maybe the sheriff's department or CHP could declare "martial law" in Lodi and stage both the DUI/license checkpoints and saturation patrols. I'd bet my mortgage that the jail here would remain full with outside law enforcement involved alone. And the least LPD could do is screen EVERY vehicle instead every fourth one or whatever it is. All checkpoints I've ever been through do just that, tricking the driver into rolling their window down so they can stick that flashlight/alcohol detector in your vehicle. Some vehicles are screened for merely having a taillight or headlight out or some visible fix it defect that is questionable and spotted in line at the checkpoint by the supposed "inspector" that is constantly moving cones and going up and down the line of vehicles supposedly looking for such defects as well as looking inside all vehicles for suspicious behavior and interior defects, no car seats for children, etc. and mark them for screening The real purpose of screening every vehicle was to also distribute literature on the consequences of driving impaired. Why doesn't LPD use this system of screening all vehicles instead of those they seem to sometimes hand pick out of order? I've observed three of these checkpoints and there doesn't seem to be a particular in which vehicles are chosen and most screened and arrested/ cited seem to be minorities. The location of these checkpoints is also suspect to me, most being on the east side and not coinciding with the many wine busts and well attended alcohol driven events, not to mention the monthly downtown wine strolls which has over/imbibers operating a vehicle to get from one venue to another, and seemingly the least used streets that lead to the major routes and freeways. To me these look like nothing but the old time speed traps under the guise of DUI checkpoints that are twisted to include traffic violations, which seem to arrest/cite mostly minorities, with Hispanics being the majority of those. It's time for change to get serious about dui/impaired driving and stop fretting about losing one's job for merely arresting on of the Lodi area elite or a wealthy over imbibing tourist. My opinion of these checkpoints is that they look to me to serve only two purposes. One is to entrap the poor, Hispanic and minority into being cited for minor misdemeanor license/insurance infractions and the other is to protect the integrity of the wealthy, alcohol venue owners, well connected, good old boys and girls and their families and even the employees and management of the city of Lodi from not only embarrassment, but from a possible loss of their position.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:35 am on Tue, Feb 12, 2013.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Ms. Frutas, I share your thoughts on the placement of these license checkpoints. If they were really serious about keeping impaired/drugged/drunk drivers off the road, they would have set up on the corner of Turner and Lower Sac where, this weekend, every imbiber and alcoholic and impaired driver would surely have had to pass through, LPD could have filled the jail and sent the overflow to the county jail.Ms. Frutas, I share your thoughts on the placement of these license checkpoints. If they were really serious about keeping impaired/drugged/drunk drivers off the road, they would have set up on the corner of Turner and Lower Sac where, this weekend, every imbiber and alcoholic and impaired driver would surely have had to pass through, LPD could have filled the jail and sent the overflow to the county jail. Ms. Frutas, I share your thoughts on the placement of these license checkpoints. If they were really serious about keeping impaired/drugged/drunk drivers off the road, they would have set up on the corner of Turner and Lower Sac where, this weekend, every imbiber and alcoholic and impaired driver would surely have had to pass through, LPD could have filled the jail and sent the overflow to the county jail.

     
  • LETICIA FRUTOS posted at 12:50 pm on Mon, Feb 11, 2013.

    LG Posts: 5

    all that you wrote sounds very convincing but reality is far apart from what courts may or may not rule. I understand that there is procedures and rules to follow prior to position these checkpoints but as far as I've seen, there is a lot more that officers could be doing rather than just checking to see if people are driving unlicensed, those unlicensed people are the more scared to do anything wrong let along drink and drive. Now, why chose that specif location?, I'll do my research and see if there is any true to that being a "high accident" area. (I doubt I'll find anything). We all know where drunk drivers are coming from, so why not stop them before those accidents occur? it's only common sense but I guess courts are lacking a bit on that lately.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 11:12 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2013.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 538

    Dave, thank you for the information.

     
  • LETICIA FRUTOS posted at 9:57 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2013.

    LG Posts: 5

    LPD needs to be a bit more logical when it comes to where they set up these "DUI" check points. On Kettleman between Mills and Ham! really? anyone going eastbound on Kettleman could see what was happening long before they got there so of course drunk drivers got plenty of time to avoid the checkpoint. And also, if there is drunk people in Lodi, I don't think they'll be coming eastbound on Kettleman, if anything they would be trying to leave Lodi so they would be going West. Or they would be trying to get to 99 (which is closer to the bars downtown) so why not do these checkpoints somewhere near 99 and Downtown? The only answer I find to these questions is that LPD is not all that interested in really catching these drunk drivers!

     
  • Bobcatbob Ingram posted at 9:44 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2013.

    99er Posts: 119

    Thats good news.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:14 am on Mon, Feb 11, 2013.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2080

    I have been hit by a drunk driver, he missed hitting the front passenger side where my wife was sitting by a foot. Had a friend in HS have her life shattered and dreams crushed by a drunk driver. And have lost a few friends to drunk drivers/driving.

    That said I find it appalling that anyone would place a dollar amount on protecting every driver on the roads. DUI Checkpoints are more deterrents, a method to make people think about IF they are going to go drinking or how much they drink. Saturation patrols are for arrests. Considering the grim toll drunk drivers take on our society, fighting the use of proven deterrents is callous at best.

    50 percent of Americans will be involved in an alcohol-involved traffic collision in his or her lifetime.
    Nearly 23,000 people are killed every year in alcohol-related traffic collisions.
    One American life is lost every 22 minutes in an alcohol-related traffic collision.

    With numbers like these it makes me wonder what it would take for some to support using proven deterrents to save lives.

     
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