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DUI checkpoint in MV on Dec. 29

Original post made on Dec 26, 2012

Local police will be holding a DUI checkpoint in Mountain View on the Saturday before the New Year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 1:08 PM


Posted by Rodger, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Well it's good to know the news but it would be better if it included the location of the Checkpoint. Might be a secret.

Posted by Grump, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I'll lay good money it won't be near any place where the rich folks party and get drunk.

Posted by kathy, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

What is the point of a DUI checkpoint if you announce it ahead of time?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

@kathy - the purpose of a DUI checkpoint is not to make DUI arrests, but to reduce drunk driving. And announcing a check-point is part of making that effective.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Not that I'd be welcome anyway... but where exactly DO the rich folks party and get drunk?

Posted by Pathetic Drinkers, a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Dec 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

DUI checkpoints don't reduce drunk driving anymore than huge boulders in a river reduce its flow. It may alter the route, but I doubt it reduces the overall number of drunks on the road. All you need to do, though, is convince that one person who otherwise would become a wrong way driver on 280 to not drink/drive, and its worth it.

Posted by Member, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Dec 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

The purpose of a DUI checkpoint is to create overtime opportunities under the guise of 'doing' something about drunk driving. Checkpoints shut down at 2AM, same time as the bars close.

That OT helps boost retirement pay.

Check the next televised checkpoint with way too many cops standing around.

Posted by Sad Truth, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Saw it just last night member. a dozen or so cops standing and chatting while waving cars through or handing out a flyer.
I most certainly hope the check point in MV will be open longer than the bars!!! Jeez!

Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of Monta Loma
on Dec 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm

@Steve: The purpose of announcing DUI checkpoints has nothing to do with effectiveness. The United States Supreme Court ruled prior notice to the public is required.

This is to give the public, people like you and me, the chance to avoid being stopped at a checkpoint without reasonable suspicion. It's the court's way of making the suspension of the 4th Amendment at these checkpoints OK in the name of public safety. In theory we have the ability to not go through the checkpoints.

The exact location used to be required in the announcements but that has been watered down to the just the city or county the checkpoint will be taking place in along with the date and time.

And don't believe the hype. The checkpoints are ineffective.