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Murrieta Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday

The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Dec. 14 to 3 a.m. Dec. 15 at an undisclosed location within the city, according to Murrieta police.

Murrieta police plan to conduct a DUI/driver's license checkpoint Friday.

The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Dec. 14 to 3 a.m. Dec. 15 at an undisclosed location within the city, Murrieta police Traffic Sgt. Jim Gruwell announced, in a news release.

Officers will strive to delay motorists only momentarily as they contact drivers passing through for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, Gruwell said. Drivers will also be checked for proper licensing, he said.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven law enforcement resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes, the sergeant said.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed four lives and resulted in 69 injury crashes harming 93 of our friends and neighbors,” Gruwell said.  

"Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough."

Funding for the checkpoint was provided to Murrieta Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

censored messenger December 12, 2012 at 03:04 PM
They should also have ICE agents to check both the immigration status of each driver as well as the veracity of their Resident Alien "Green Card" permits. Each Resident Alien is required to carry proof of their permission to be in the US at all times.. Follow the rules or get out of my country....
Gabriela December 12, 2012 at 08:31 PM
First of all it ain't only your country this country belongs to all sorts of racist...And they all have the right to live in a country where they can have a better life and their families....
Rob December 12, 2012 at 11:24 PM
"Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough." Effectiveness The debate regarding saturation patrols versus checkpoints favors saturation patrols being more effective, both in terms of number of arrests and cost. The FBI compared saturation patrols vs. checkpoints in Ohio, Missouri, and Tennessee. The study showed that, “Overall, measured in arrests per hour, a dedicated saturation patrol is the most effective method of apprehending offenders.”[15] Another survey found that "States with infrequent checkpoints claimed a lack of funding and police resources for not conducting more checkpoints, preferred saturation patrols over checkpoints because they were more 'productive.'[16] There is a dearth of research regarding the deterrent effect of checkpoints. The only formally documented research regarding deterrence is a survey of Maryland's "Checkpoint Strikeforce" program. The survey found no deterrent effect: "To date, there is no evidence to indicate that this campaign, which involves a number of sobriety checkpoints and media activities to promote these efforts, has had any impact on public perceptions, driver behaviors, or alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and injuries. This conclusion is drawn after examining statistics for alcohol-related crashes, police citations for impaired driving, and public perceptions of alcohol-impaired driving risk."[17]
Rob December 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The good sargeant should have gone beyond the first sentence of the CDC report or, the Wikipedia search. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_checkpoint Checkpoints don't work, period. The arrest rates for DUI are so low they make these long reaches into statistics to show something that does not exist. The stops are nothing more than taxpayer funded OT gatherings for unions who support legislators. IF they REALLY wanted to stop drunk driving, they would put the officers on the street.
LBV Collins December 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
"IF they REALLY wanted to stop drunk driving, they would put the officers on the street." I couldn't agree with you more, Rob. Saturation patrols are the way to go. Imagine seeing a B&W unit cruising the streets near bars and restaurants int eh evening s patrons are coming and going... THAT'S deterrent.
Timber December 13, 2012 at 04:55 AM
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810999.pdf ESTIMATES- GUESSING - MULTIPLE IMPUTATION
AlwaysPO'd December 13, 2012 at 04:59 AM
There's not enough room in the local jails for that to happen.
AlwaysPO'd December 13, 2012 at 05:00 AM
As long as they're here legally. Correct?
Timber December 13, 2012 at 05:14 AM
"These ESTIMATES are based on data from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Unfortunately, known blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test results are NOT AVAILABLE for all drivers and nonoccupants involved in fatal crashes. MISSING DATA can result for a number of reasons, the most frequent of which is that people are not always tested for alcohol. To address the missing data issue, NHTSA has developed and employs a statistical model to ESTIMATE the likelihood that a fatal-crash-involved driver or nonoccupant was sober, had some alcohol, or was intoxicated at the time of the crash. The statistical model was developed using all available known data in the aggregate (that is, at the national level) and applied to each individual driver and nonoccupant with an UNKNOWN BAC TEST RESULT. The estimates presented include a mix of both known and estimated BACs." ================================================ My comments: these guesses and estimates from their statistical model are being used as facts, but in reality these are nothing more than LIES substituting as facts. The part stated as, UNKNOWN BAC TEST RESULT, are nothing more then conjecture because those that were NOT tested could never be viewed as a BAC TEST RESULT ever. An omission is a nullity. Basically a portion of the resulting 'test results' are bullshit fabricated LIES MASQUERADING AS THE TRUTH.
Desert Dweller December 13, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Hit the nail on the head Rob, have officers do what they are good at, patrol, not sit in the roadway to make the coffers money on impounds.
Timber December 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
UPDATE http://www.murrieta.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=1&Entry=286 "Due to inclement weather, however, the checkpoint was cancelled. Officers that participated in the DUI Saturation Patrol arrested three adults for DUI..." ===================================== Two thumbs up for an effective 'saturation patrol' which observed those that gave rise to probable cause in order to stop and detain possible offenders. This method preserves the peoples' Liberty to be left alone en masse. This time inclement weather allowed Freedom to be maintained.
Rob December 15, 2012 at 11:24 PM
100% agree, though they will be back out with the checkpoints as soon as the weather permits.
john ryerson December 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
they are practicing for the time when martial law is declared not to take drunk drivers off the road . it makes for a good cover up

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