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Berkeley Police Plan DUI Checkpoint Friday Night

Berkeley police will deploy a DUI checkpoint Friday night and early Saturday morning to stop and arrest those who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the department announced today, Thursday.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
"If you drink, don't drive" is good advice anytime, but it will be especially good in Berkeley Friday night and early Saturday when police will conduct a DUI checkpoint on University Avenue.

Berkeley police will deploy a driving-under-the-influence checkpoint at University and Bonar Street from 8 p.m. to approximately 2 a.m., the department announced today, Thursday.

"Driving impaired is extremely dangerous and the consequences are serious and real," the department said. "Impaired drivers can kill themselves and others, and the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired are significant."

More than 10,000 people were killed nationwide in a traffic collisions involving impaired drivers in 2010, according to police. 

Funding for the anti-DUI campaign comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the California Office of Traffic Safety, according to police.

Berkeley police urge community members to report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.

For other police-related news on Berkeley Patch, see our "Police and Fire" section.

Mary August 16, 2013 at 03:29 PM
About the DUI checkpoint - maybe they would catch more drunken drivers if they didn't announce it ahead of time.
Paul D August 17, 2013 at 09:27 AM
These checkpoints have been taking place for decades.. and they're always announced ahead of time and the location and times provided. Silly. Is there some legal requirement to do so?
Timber August 17, 2013 at 04:33 PM
See the 1987 California Supreme Court case of Ingersoll v. Palmer. This is where the advanced notice provision supporting a Constitutionally permitted dui chkpt in this state comes from. It's not about rooting for criminals it's about respecting the people's Rights and the rule of law.
Charles Burress (Editor) August 17, 2013 at 09:20 PM
To Timber, thanks for posting the reference to the Ingersoll v. Palmer ruling, which can be viewed here: http://stanford.io/l2Mh6J. As I understand it, the court was reviewing checkpoint standards and guidelines affirmed by the state Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court majority opinion said, "Advance publicity is important to the maintenance of a constitutionally permissible sobriety checkpoint." It also said, "Publicity also serves to establish the legitimacy of sobriety checkpoints in the minds of motorists." I'm not a legal expert and only quickly scanned the ruling, but it appears to me that the ruling does not require advance notice. It says that providing advance notice is okay and that it is one of the effective measures that police departments can take to reduce the intrusiveness of checkpoints so that the needs of law enforcement are properly balanced with the rights of citizens.
Timber August 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Mr. Burgess, I'm glad you took the time to peruse the case. There have been other rulings that have expounded on the Ingersol decision. This may help: (I'm not an attorney) http://blog.sandiegodrunkdrivingattorney.net/2008/05/cops-need-advance-publicity-for-dui.html

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