Pleasanton police to stop motorists at checkpoint starting at 7 p.m. tonight

Checks aimed at finding drivers impaired by alcohol, drugs

The Pleasanton Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint between 7 p.m. tonight and 2 a.m. Saturday on a roadway known for its DUI problems.

"With Labor Day, we typically see plenty of celebrating and, in conjunction, increased alcohol consumption," police said in a press release. "This sobriety checkpoint is designed to serve as a reminder that the Pleasanton Police Department will be out this weekend looking to arrest and remove impaired drivers from the road."

Informational signs will advise motorists that the checkpoint is ahead. Stopping at the checkpoint will only take a few seconds while an officer explains its purpose, inspects each driver's license and carefully examines the driver for signs of alcohol or drug impairment.

Police note that the checkpoint is being set up to educate the public about the dangers involved driving under the influence of drinking or drugs and to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road.

"Impaired driving is no accident," said police. "It is a choice that may result in injury or death."

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Sep 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Why from 7p to 2am? Most of the drunk drivers leave the bar at 2am so they should extend that to 3am

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Sep 3, 2010 at 8:44 am

I sincerely appreciate this. Also, I find a lot of people driving recklessly in the morning school rush hour time. They forget that pedestrians have right of way intersections that don't have protected crossing signals, especially if the children are halfway through the road.

Lets slow down just a tad bit to allow the little ones to go to school...

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Posted by Actually
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2010 at 9:08 am

It might be good for the PPD to set one of these up at the Pleasanton perimeter on Sunday and Monday to check on drivers who have imbibed too much at the winery festival on those days...

I know, not good for "business", but probably safer for all...

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Posted by Just for your information
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm

The CHP are setting a DUI checkpoint up near/in Livermore...
Web Link

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Posted by Actually
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Thanks; they posted that this afternoon, so someone must have heard me thinking here... ha!

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Posted by Erich
a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Sep 3, 2010 at 6:49 pm

You don't need checkpoints to find the drunks. Take a drive at 10pm up Hopyard and over to Dublin. You actively have to work at avoiding them. All this does is inconvenience the rest of us.

I've personally assisted the Pleasanton Police Department in identifying and directing them to a drunk driver. I don't feel particularly rewarded for responsible, civic behavior when I'm the subject of their stops, just like every other citizen.

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Posted by Boxcar willy
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Sep 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Relax People and have a drink. Why don't we surround the City of Pleasanton with armed gaurds every time there is an event or holiday !

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Posted by nancy s.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2010 at 9:45 am

Can we get some stats from the checkpoints? Any arrests? Any DUI's? I was at the Foothill football game and saw a number of intoxicated teenagers in the stands. They would have been getting on the road during the checkpoint times...hopefully they had designated drivers. So sad to see drunk teenagers at a high school football game

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Posted by Reality
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 5, 2010 at 10:39 am

Not to diminish the fact that anyone who drinks and drives puts the rest of us and our children at grave risk but here a reality...

I a person had one drink at Berone's, The Rose, Hap's, The Brewery's or any restraunt and drives within an hour, they would in fact test at a level to indicate at least a wet reckless.

Yes, it takes just a tad a measurable alcohol to be arrested and charged with a wet recless. That means most business people at a lunch or any couple or family who orders off the wine or drink menu and leaves the establishment within an hour or so is impared and committing a crime.

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Posted by funtime4all
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 6, 2010 at 1:22 am

Drinking and driving is never a good idea but a lot of us are guilty of getting behind the wheel with a drink or two in us at one time or another. It is a high percentage that get home without a problem. I believe more taxis in the downtown area between the hours of 11 pm to 2 am would be more helpful than a check point that everyone is made aware of in advance.

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