The San Luis Obispo Police Department will conduct a Sobriety/Driver’s License checkpoint on July 3, 2014, in the City of San Luis Obispo. In 2012, over 10,300 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 1362 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.
Motorists approaching a checkpoint will see informational signs advising them that a Sobriety/Driver’s License 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. The Sobriety/Driver’s License checkpoint will be conducted in accordance with the guidelines for checkpoint operations as outlined in the 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 to assure objectivity.
Placing checkpoints on roads with identified DUI problems and detaining drivers for a very limited time helps assure that the police department conforms to the guidelines. Sobriety 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. The checkpoint will be operated from approximately 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The San Luis Obispo Police Department will generate a media notification fax/email detailing the location of the checkpoint approximately two hours prior to the opening.