No arrests at St. Patrick’s Day checkpoint
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Mar 21, 2013 | 2930 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The California Highway Patrol made no arrests at a DUI checkpoint at the intersection of 11th Street and Chrisman Road on Sunday, March 17, according to Tracy-area CHP Sgt. John Martinho.

He said officers were “very surprised,” as the St. Patrick’s Day holiday often involves heavy consumption of alcohol.

“We were surprised and glad people were obeying the laws and having a designated driver,” he said. “I saw a couple of those.”

The checkpoint was manned by six officers and a sergeant, who screened 718 vehicles between 2 and 10 p.m., Martinho said.

Three vehicles were pulled out of the checkpoint line, but field sobriety tests showed those drivers had blood-alcohol levels within the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

The next DUI checkpoint in the Tracy area is tentatively scheduled for early May, he said.

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March 22, 2013
Instead of a check point, why not have the officers patrol bars and/or sports/bar restaurants from 7 pm - 2 am. I'm sure they could prevent many more DUI's. A checkpoint from 2 - 10 pm - really?

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