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March 16 DUI checkpoint planned

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From page A5 | March 15, 2013 | 9 Comments

A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted in El Dorado County on March 16.

The checkpoint will set up around 8 p.m., a press release from Officer Quinn Cuthbertson of the CHP announced. It will continue throughout the evening.

Officers will control traffic in order to evaluate the sobriety of drivers, check licenses and hand out literature concerning drinking and driving. There will also be roving patrols of CHP officers.

The goal of the checkpoint is to “provide a safe motoring experience for everyone,” said Sgt. Rick Marshall. “Historically, the number of driving under the influence-related traffic collisions rise during the summer season. We hope that this proactive approach to DUI education will help to lower the DUI traffic collisions in El Dorado County. One of the best options for those who partake in alcoholic beverages is the Designated Driver Program. It works for everyone.”

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  • LpMarch 15, 2013 - 10:58 pm

    How about focusing a little more on the criminals walking the streets in town? How about a drug sniffing dog in town? More police presence on our streets? That means walking the streets, instead of riding around in your fancy police cars talking on your cell phones. Just saying....

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  • Walking TallMarch 16, 2013 - 6:38 am

    Great suggestions and while we are at it how about more people getting involved to clean up our town and county by reporting illegal activity.

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  • Kirk MacKenzieMarch 16, 2013 - 7:42 am

    Driving under the influence is a serious -- and potentially violent -- crime. I like to drink and I often have to drive myself home. I have learned (the hard way) that it is imperative for every driver to know their BAC algebra and use it. That means knowing how long before you expect to start driving you have to stop drinking alcohol. I have been stopped several times over the last few years, and have had the joy of telling the officers the truth and being sent on merrily on my way because I was well under the .08 level.

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  • Kirk MacKenzieMarch 16, 2013 - 8:23 am

    Also, be aware that .08 is the limit where the cops *will* haul you off to jail. Between .06 and .08 it is up to their discretion.

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  • NoMarch 16, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    Fourth Amendment anyone???

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  • EvelynMarch 17, 2013 - 6:23 am

    The 4th Amendment? Bush said it right: "The Constitution is just a d*mn*d scrap of paper." I do remember studying it in High School civics. And I was a true believer. Can its protections be reclaimed?

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  • EvelynMarch 17, 2013 - 6:39 am

    Actually . . . I remain a "true believer". I DO believe in our right to enjoy our constitutional protections. I DO believe our public servants are just that: public servants. I DO believe our public servants should not lie to us and misrepresent their own actions at every turn. The fact that they have fallen into the reflexive habit of lying to us -- both by omission and by commission -- at every turn and that the real drivers of this country have ALLOWED it means we are asleep at the wheel. If we, the citizens of this country, remain asleep at the wheel for a faction of a second longer …………………. Well, you KNOW what happens when drivers are asleep at the wheel.

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  • EvelynMarch 17, 2013 - 7:31 am

    On "Setting Limits": A Bill introduced by California Assemblyman Mark Levine (D-Marin)would ban smoking in apartments and condos. HERE ********** Suggestion: Set up a bureaucracy to run background checks on cigarette purchasers. Cigarettes to be sold ONLY to residents of single family units positioned AT LEAST 100 yards from their nearest neighbor.

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  • DeeMarch 17, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Evelyn- Love it! I'm going to forward your suggestion to the "Golden Girls"-Hillary, Barbara, Diane and Nancy. I'm sure that we can have a Federal law instead of a State law in no time.

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