September 11, 2008

Ten Arrested for DUI at San Leandro Police Checkpoint

On August 30, 2008, the San Leandro Police arrested 10 people on suspicion of driving under the influence at a sobriety checkpoint on E. 14th Street near 148th Avenue, according to San Leandro Police Sergeant Randall Hudson. The checkpoint, which was publicized in local newspapers beforehand, also netted citations for 20 drivers without driver's licenses and the subsequent towing of their vehicles.

Fifteen police officers, one sergeant, one lieutenant, two community safety officers and one jailer were involved in the checkpoint, which lasted from 9pm until 3am. The checkpoint was funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, which provided the grant as part of the "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." campaign from August 15 to September 1, 2008.

Guidelines for sobriety checkpoints were established by the California Supreme Court decision Ingersoll v. Palmer (43 Cal.3d 1321 (1987), which include advance notice of the checkpoint and using a neutral formula (not officer discretion) to decide which cars are selected to be stopped. Critics claim that the checkpoints violate the Fourth Amendment, but the Supreme Court said that the infringement of this right was outweighed by the public interest in reducing drunk driving.

Sgt. Hudson reported that more than 400 cars passed through the checkpoint and the police considered it a success.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at September 11, 2008 1:04 PM | TrackBack
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