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Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 4:47 pm | Updated: 12:38 pm, Sat May 28, 2011.

Extra Lodi Police Department officers will be on the road this Memorial Day weekend to crack down on drunk driving, according to a news release.

The "Zero Tolerance DUI Saturation Patrol" will start at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The DUI enforcement team will be looking for drivers who show signs of intoxication, police said.

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  • Joe Baxter posted at 10:37 am on Mon, May 30, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    Bob Smith, Mr. Chaney has a habit of interperating posts to suit his on liberal mindset. Although I said NOTHING of mexicans or blacks, in HIS mind I did, I did say Illegals and that would cover all ethnicities that cost American taxpayers $113 BILLION a year. I also referred to the current white house occupant as Ob-mao. Should have be Oba-Mao inferriing he wants to be the "Supreme Leader/Dictator" not the elected president carrying out the will of the people.

  • Bob Smith posted at 8:18 am on Mon, May 30, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    How do you determine that Joe has a problem with Mexicans and blacks? It appears he has an issue with illegal aliens and our president.

    So do I.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:34 pm on Sun, May 29, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Baxter, you seem to have a real problem with blacks and Mexicans? Who is Ob-mao?

  • Joe Baxter posted at 12:09 pm on Sun, May 29, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    With the federal government and Ob-mao working diligently to impose socialist rules on Americans, traffic checkpoints doesn't even move the scale on your rights being violated. Worry more about taking hard working American tax dollars and giving it to the freeloading illegals, worry more about taking your money and giving it to countries that kill Americans and hate our guts, worry more about shoving mandatory health care down our throats. Get a valid license to drive, vehicle insurance, current registration and don't drive drunk or impaired and this won't be a problem for you,

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:25 pm on Sat, May 28, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Jordan, do you have the info as to where these numbers came from as reported by LPD? Are these checkpoint statistics kept seperate from the LPD police logs, or are they (LPD) using inflated numbers to justify their enrichment of the tow company owners? The actual police logs indicate the same number of reported incidents, but either away from the area of the checkpoints, or outside of the time frame. Or is that just a coincidence?

  • Rudy Schwartz posted at 8:23 pm on Sat, May 28, 2011.

    Rudy Schwartz Posts: 5

    Keep up the good work guys, don't worry about all the shootings and violence lately. Overtime to catch potential drunk drivers is mush more important.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 4:58 pm on Sat, May 28, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    That was 2 dui/impaired drivers' supposedly arrested.

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 2:00 pm on Sat, May 28, 2011.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    You are welcome Doug Chaney, and I most certainly do agree...

    So many Americans are so willing to give up bits and pieces of their civil liberties because someone makes a compelling argument to do so or for the supposedly betterment of many.

    It's not important what giving up these rights accomplishes (even if it saves lives) it's only important that we continue to safe guard our civil liberties because one day you will wake up and there won't be any left! The end does NOT justify the means...

    We have already given up many civil liberalities, starting with the Patriot Act! Any citizen can be deemed a terrorist by a branch of the United States government. They can then kick down the door to your house (no judge has to sign off, because there is no arrest warrant) handcuff you and haul you out and take any where they please and they don't have to tell anyone where you are! You got no right to a lawyer, you got right to make a phone call. You got no rights at all! And they can do it because they say they can and because someone decided you were a threat!

    This is just one thing you and I give every time we give up a piece of our (Americans) civil liberty! Many men and women died over the last 100 years or so, so that no other nation could take them, yet we let our own government do it! There is something wrong with this picture!

    Very scary stuff...

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:28 am on Sat, May 28, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Jacobs, thank you ffor agreeing with the same viewpoint that I have on these entrapment and racial profiling checkpoints dusguised as DUI checkpoints. Recently, they added /license to these DUI/license checkpoints and you can see the results. Channel 3 news had a snippet on last night that covered AB1389, which calls for DUI checkpoints only, since the funding purpose for these checkpoints was to decrease drunk and impaired driving, including drivers who are on drugs, many that take prescription meds from our local doctors and abuse them, and not to increasingly tow vehicles. Impoundments have increased 53% since 2007-2009, and I imagine those tow and impoundments have since increased even more drastically in 2010. The ratio of impoundments is 20-1 in many cities and towns and LPD seems to be very close to those numbers. AB1389 will make checkpoints set up in high traffic areas only and no license/registration/insurance checks will be allowed. That would exclude many of the LPD checkpoints set up on the east side and Lodi Ave. where traffic is meager after 8 or 9 PM. Many accuse law enforcement throughout California tthat checkpoints to generate impoundment fees, which, I believe LPD and the city of Lodi, share with the tow companies, rather than arrest drunken drivers. Lodi, with 30+ tows not too long ago, must be raking the dough for themselves, and especially these tow companies, I'd assume. Last weeks' checkpoint was reputed to have had impaired drivers' arrested, 4 vehicles were towed and 3 impounded. Talking to one of the tow truck operators who was "stationed" at the checkpoint near Jack-in-the-box on Lodi avenue, he told me there were 0 DUI arrests and either 2 or 3 tow aways. Checking the police logs for the hours of the checkpoint, I found two arrests for "intoxicated" persons during that time frame. One at 11:44PM on 300 S. Orange and the other at 12:07 AM on 00 E. Lodi Ave. I find only two vehicle violations during that time also, 8:34PM at 1600 Cimmaron and the other at 11:44PM on 800 Lloyd. There were 3 more intoxicated person calls between 3:15 and 7:34PM and 5 vehicle violation calls between 10:23AM and 2:26PM and a suspect vehicle check at 2:24AM, which I'm guessing was the suspect arrested ffor the firearm violation. Or are the stats for these DUI/license checkpoints not listed in the LPD call log and stops, or are these DUI's, tows and impounds outside of the 8PM-2AM time schedule used to pad the checkpoint numbers to make them look successful? For all the events and alcohol related public gatherings that require driving from one "watering hole" to the next and the ineffective planning by LPD to schedule the checkpoints away from those events, the arrest numbers for DUI and impaired driving are an absolute failure by the city of Lodi and LPD to only load the city coffers with minor traffic violations by towing and impounding vehicles, mostly from those on the eastside of Lodi.

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 9:53 am on Sat, May 28, 2011.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Just remember at these stops an officer cannot put anything including an alcohol detecting flashlight into to your car. The best way to keep this from happening is to open your window only wide enough to pass the required documents such as your drivers license, registration for your vehicle, and proof of insurance.

    You do NOT have to answer any questions about where you've been or where you're going. If an officer asks you this you should politely say "officer I don't feel comfortable discussing my itinerary with you" If the officer says I just asked you a simple question do you have something to hide" Just politely repeat the above.

    These checkpoints are nothing more than fishing expeditions, most do not glean very many drunk drivers. There are however many towed vehicles because of warrants, expired tags, driving without a license etc... The fact is it's illegal to have checkpoints for anything other than for DUI's. They get around this by asking you questions and by your answers as to find anyone breaking the law, any law!

    While some may think it's okay to do this kind of thing as to remove criminals from the streets it's a clear violation of our civil liberties and this is exactly why they aren't legally allowed to have any other kind of checkpoints, with the exception or DUI checkpoints.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 7:17 am on Sat, May 28, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    Go LPD....Even if the catch only ONE drunk driver, it might save a life, maybe YOUR life.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 7:17 am on Sat, May 28, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    Go LPD....Even if the catch only ONE drunk driver, it might save a life, maybe YOUR life.

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