Police to establish DUI roadblock Sunday
by TP staff
Dec 24, 2009 | 2917 views | 5 5 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy police will hold a sobriety checkpoint this weekend.

From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday and Monday, officers will stop cars driving by an undisclosed location, spreading word about the consequences of driving under the influence and looking for anyone who may be breaking that law.

“DUI sobriety checkpoints’ primary purpose is education,” said Tracy police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman, who noted he’s seen a recent increase in drunken driving arrests.

At the last checkpoint, Sept. 5, one driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, 16 drivers were unlicensed and 11 had suspended licenses.

Sheneman said Tracy police also have saturation patrol, where officers are specifically looking for drivers who might be drunk. Sheneman said checkpoints and saturation patrol are paid for by an office of traffic safety grant from the state.

Police declined to say where the checkpoint would be, but in the past officers have set up a roadblock near the police station on East 11th Street.

Contact a Tracy Press reporter or editor at 835-3030 or tpnews@tracypress.com.
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DeltaJim
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December 25, 2009
Niccceeeeee..... Maybe they'll catch a few gangsters carrying drugs and weapons to boot... Get a few more scum buckets off the streets.

LAM75
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December 25, 2009
Go get them Officers!!! Tinfoil, realize that most drunks don't necessarily come from a bar. I'm just guessing: You pay about $3 for a glass of wine. You need 25 glasses (if not more) to make a bottle. That is $75. $75 can get you probably 4 bottles. These drunks save money if they get the bottle and do not go to a bar. (I doo not know if my calculations are correct, but you should get what I am trying to say) I totally agree with doors17. Merry Christmas all!
Tinfoil
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December 24, 2009
If they really want to bust drunk driving alkies cops should park near bars between midnight and 2:00am and stop all who leave. Easy pickings. Another good spot is the parking lot where locals gather for AA meetings. I figure from 10% to 50% of the alkies showing up for those meetings have bottles of vodka under their car seats. When the meeting's over they say a couple of Hail Marys then zoom to their cars,drain the bottle and drive away. Again;easy pickings for a cop. I'm not a cop but if I was a cop I could fill my daily bust-quota in one hour.
looking@tracy
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December 24, 2009
doors17
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December 24, 2009
I'm in favor of this anytime, but I do believe having it held on New Years Eve would be a better idea. But then of course the police will be busy dealing with others that night.


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