DUI Checkpoint Arrest – Napa Valley Police held a DUI checkpoint in which three motorists were detained for suspicion of driving under the influence. Two of the suspects are male and the third is a woman. One male was a seventy-four-year-old from Brazil and the second was a 19-year-old male from Napa. The woman is 36 years old and is from Vacaville. The 19 year old male from Napa had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 which is twice the legal limit.
Also in the checkpoint, five individuals were given vehicle code violations which are Fix IT tickets that they need to get done. Once the vehicle code violations are complete they can take it to the DMV for validation. In total 42 vehicles were stopped during the checkpoint.
This whole exercise was part of the Napa Police’s anti-DUI campaigns which get funded via a grant from the state. The state office is called Office of Traffic Safety which uses funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The locations for these DUI checkpoints have to random and be of a temporary nature. Before the checkpoint is set up they have to be advertised publically. This is usually done via the local newspaper. The criteria for selecting which vehicles to pull out for inspection must be neutral in nature. Although there must be probable cause for stopping an individual in traffic the US Supreme Court has ruled that the danger of drunk driving outweigh the intrusion of a DUI checkpoint. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied the matter and has concluded that these DUI checkpoints prevent 1 out 10 DUI tragedies. Until there is a better solution to the DUI Checkpoints these sort of activities will continue.