CHP Sobriety/License Checkpoint
updated: Aug 02, 2012, 12:02 PM
Source: California Highway Patrol
The California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint on
Saturday, August 4, 2012, in the Santa Barbara City limits. 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
CHP sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance with the guidelines for
checkpoint operations outlined in the California Supreme Court decision, Ingersoll
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 objectivity.
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 drinking 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.
The checkpoint will be operated from 9:15 p.m. to 3:15 a.m. The CHP will generate
an e-mail and/or fax notification detailing the location of the checkpoint
approximately two hours prior to the opening.
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