DUI Checkpoint Thursday on Chapala
updated: Aug 21, 2014, 7:44 PM
CHP SOBRIETY/DRIVER LICENSE CHECKPOINT NOTIFICATION
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint this evening, August
21, 2014, from 9:15 p.m. to 3:15 a.m. on Chapala Street between Gutierrez Street and Haley Street.
Motorists approaching the checkpoint will see informational signs advising them that a sobriety checkpoint
is ahead. Once diverted into the lane, motorists will be detained only a few moments while an officer
explains the purpose of the checkpoint and checks their driver license.
CHP sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance with the guidelines for checkpoint operations
outlined in the California Supreme Court decision, Ingersoll vs. Palmer.
Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked. If volume becomes too heavy, vehicles to be
checked will be selected by a pre-set standard (such as every 3rd, 5th, or 10th vehicle) to assure
Placing checkpoints on roads identified with DUI problems and detaining drivers for a very limited time
help assure that the CHP conforms to the guidelines. Checkpoints tend to reduce the number of impaired
drivers on the road, even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically. A major value of checkpoints is
their psychological influence. The news media is advised well in advance whenever a checkpoint is
planned, since extensive publicity is also viewed as a legal safeguard.
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