CHP to conduct sobriety checkpoint in Bishop

News release

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint, on Friday, September 1, 2017 on US-395 at the southern city limits of Bishop,” Captain Timothy Noyes, Bishop Area Commander, said Monday.

Sobriety checkpoints will be staffed by California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. CHP Drug Recognition Experts, certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will be on site to provide on-the-spot assessments of drivers suspected of drug use. The officers will also be equipped with state of the art hand-held breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of suspected drunk drivers.

Each year, members of our community are needlessly maimed and killed on our roads. Our goal is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk driving. A sobriety checkpoint is an effective tool for achieving this goal and designed to augment exiting patrol operations. By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorists from drinking and driving,” said Captain Noyes.

Captain Noyes emphasized, “Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs can expect to be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving, the California Highway Patrol will be keeping a watchful eye out for you.”

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35 Responses to CHP to conduct sobriety checkpoint in Bishop

  1. Low-Inyo September 5, 2017 at 7:29 am #

    ….should have said yes,if the little ole’ lady is drunk….should they give DUI-mulligans to those that are old and maybe coming home from a church function ?

  2. Low-Inyo September 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm #


  3. Trouble September 1, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    So it’s ok with you for the chp to pull grandma over for doing nothing wrong and drilling here on the glass of wine she had at church with her friends in Big pine?

  4. Low-Inyo August 31, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

    Jeez,Russ….take it easy…talk about drunk driving carnage,let me sometime show you the police report and diagrams of what a drunk driver did to my Brother and the passenger he had on his motorcycle,both dead on the highway….while the driver of the car walked with no convictions because his family was one of the richest in Memphis,Tennessee…. so please don’t talk to me about our “Democracy “….IMO,first drunk driving,lose your licence for at least a year….second,jail time and no license to drive ever again….# three,25 to life,if your killing someone for sure…what I suggest for those that don’t like or agree with the check-point….make your voice heard…..go up to Bishop,find it,go through it,and maybe do as Buzz Killington suggests….hand the BPD a plastic bag,roll up your window and refuse to talk, and when the consequences for that come your way,voice your displeasure after your probably arrested with failure to comply…and report back to all of us…let us know how it changed LE procedures…

  5. Russ Monroe August 31, 2017 at 9:12 am #

    When every citizen is stopped and searched(visual or otherwise) it is blanket search. Blanket search is specifically forbidden by the constitution. The check points are a crime against us all.
    So Wayne, why don’t you tell ME about the effects of drunk driving? Go back and read my response to Trouble’s comments on that report.
    Your “the trouble with Trouble” comment reaffirms that you would happily sell your soul to anyone anytime who would rid your world of boggie men on dirt bikes, or rid your of your paranoid delusions left from watching reefer madness too many times. That is your problem, not the rest of the world’s.
    My personal experience with drunk driving has left me with an attitude that every person should be free pop a cap in the piss ant little pea brain of every drunk driver right on the street. But, I do not think that that is the right thing to do and I would not vote to make it law.
    Trouble’s position is the one I take. Valid governing is not a popularity contest, Democracy is not majority rule.
    Public safety is an important priority, but no Trouble, the rest of the constitution should not be flushed down the toilet to accomplish it. Thankfully drunk driving should start declining dramatically as we get to federal automotive regulations that go into effect in the 2020 model year and beyond. When all new vehicals can stop a drunk driver from driving…. then the highways can get safer.

  6. Low-Inyo August 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    Trouble….the “trouble ” with you is you see anything and everything as infringing on your “rights “….me,doesn’t bother me a bit to get to a check-point,delay me a couple minutes,and then on my merry way….unless,of course, I’m drunk and driving,and putting others lives in danger…I can remember you long ago complaining about McDonald’s employees reporting a drunk driver at their drive-thru in ,I think Mammoth Lakes…those McDonalds employees maybe saved a life….or lives by doing so….not bashed on the internet by someone talking about rights and amendments being violated….

  7. dont tread on me August 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

    Probable cause of the fourth amendment of the united states constitution. The rights of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated. I guess you could argue that pulling you over for no reason is not unreasonable.

    • Tinner August 31, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

      don’t tread on me, US Supreme Court has ruled that DUI checkpoints are not unconstitutional in a split decision. There are states where dui checkpoints are not allowed though.

  8. dont tread on me August 30, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Tinner your right, no one is asking us to give up are civil rights. They are taking them without asking. Probable cause , search and siezure. Those are some pretty big rights that are disapearing.

    • Tinner August 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

      don’t tread on me, please name one Constitutional right that has disappeared.

      • Trouble August 30, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

        The forth and fifth rights. Self incrimination and search and seizure rights to start with. Most of you think our rights stop at number two. Which is being washed away in the name of public safety also. Please reply?

        • Russ Monroe August 31, 2017 at 9:10 am #

          I agree Trouble.

  9. Seriously, again? August 30, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    Clearly an attempt to target Burners. “As traffic volume permits” aka we’ll only pull over RVs with fuzzy bicycles on the back. Is that considered fair enough evidence for reasonable suspicion?

    I saw so many burners driving through town over the past week getting gas, buying bread, hanging out in the area for a day or so before heading up to NV. Could we not turn around visitor dollars under the pretense of public safety? Not to mention the civil right violations.

    • Tinner September 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

      Plus it’s Labor Day which has always resulted in an increased highway deaths resulting from the increased number of cars, trucks and rv’s on the road combined with the celebratory mood of the people.

  10. INYOFACE August 30, 2017 at 7:05 am #

    I hope these good Officers of the CHP are also on the look out for the Marijuana Impaired Drivers.

  11. Trouble August 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

    This one pisses me off. You guys act like I’m to blame for someone else’s actions and worse because I refuse to use public safety as a excuse to give up my civil rights.

    • Tinner August 29, 2017 at 10:33 pm #

      Trouble, nobody is asking anyone to “give up” their civil rights.
      Sometimes life requires sacrifice and flexibility for the greater good.
      I suppose you have to care about the greater good for that to mean anything.
      Are you an only child?

      • Trouble August 30, 2017 at 10:30 am #

        Tinner, as you can see I totally disagree with you on this one. But I’m glad we can all practice our fear speech here, without fear of being pulled over and falsely being questioned and acused!

        • Tinner August 31, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

          Trouble, fake fear.

  12. Rick O'Brien August 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

    I thought the idea was to get the Burners on their way home, when they’re all hungover and tired after dancing around naked for a week in alkali dust !

    • Rick O'Brien August 31, 2017 at 1:00 am #

      I guess most of you aren’t aware of the Pagan Ritual going on in the Northern Nevada Blackrock Desert and to get there , a good percentage of the “BURNERS” have to travel through Inyo/Mono Counties to get there. Hence, the CHP roadblock , suspecting that some “burners” have been known to carry in their vehicles, certain pharmecuticals ? which have been deemed to be illegal by the federal government.

  13. Trouble August 29, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

    Say what you want about me, but the truth is even police realize they are supposed to have probable cause to pull people over. The Nazi used the same tatics .
    I like freedom and civil rights.Some people seem to think it’s ok to give up their freedoms in the name of public safety.
    Just like the wall you all want. Do you realize 80 percent of illegals fly here and over stay their visas?

    • Tinner August 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm #

      Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
      Remain close to the Great Spirit.
      Show great respect for your fellow beings.
      Work together for the benefit of humankind.
      Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
      Do what you know to be right.
      Look after the well-being of mind and body.
      Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
      Be truthful and honest at all times.
      Take full responsibility for your actions.

  14. Wilderbeast August 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

    Yeah….that’s the ticket. Don’t roll down your window. Be sure to report how successful your strategy was.

  15. Buzz Killington August 29, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

    Take a ziplock bag and hang out of your driver side window displaying your driver’s license, insurance card and registration and this flyer that reads I will remain silent, comply with state law but am not opening my window….

    • Tinner August 29, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

      Buzz, if you are cited for something as minor as a license plate light out or no front license plate or tires with less than 2/32″ of tread, you will still need to sign the fix it ticket. And if you leave your weed in the ziplock bag along with your driver’s license, insurance card and registration the officers may have reasonable suspicion to suspect that you are driving impaired and you will be asked to exit the vehicle.
      But go ahead, give them a hard time, they like that, feel free to reach around under the seat keeping your hands out of sight too and see what happens.
      Please do one thing while you’re sitting there being a crusader. Look in your rear view mirror and look at all the people you are inconveniencing, or maybe the only person you care about is yourself.
      PUBLIC SAFETY, be a part of it.

    • Low-Inyo August 30, 2017 at 8:17 am #

      Buzz….if you think those actions and strategy are gonna work,what you should do is drive around the outskirts of Bishop September 1st,find the check-point and head for it….wait your turn,do what you suggest and say to do….and report back on this site,let us know how it turned out for you..

  16. Donald Salac August 29, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    Best bet would be to set up Monday afternoon. Home bound traffic is notorious for their lack of sobriety. When I lived in Mammoth my week end theory was, assume everyone on the road was drunk, lost or stupid and you would be right most of the time. I think that theory transfers to Bishop.

    • Trouble August 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

      Donald, as far as I’m concerned, it’s name callers like you that gave us our new fearless leader. Good job!

  17. Donald Salac August 29, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    Trouble has an addiction. He likes to stir the pot. He probably does not believe in 90% of his replies, but really enjoys pissing people off. Stop responding. He is the reason Facebook, Twitter, etc. exist. Quit responding and most of the A**holes in this world will shut up. Unless you too enjoy confrontation?

  18. Roy August 29, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    Trouble, how many dead and mangled bodies have you pulled out of vehicles from accidents caused by drivers under the influence…

    • Trouble August 29, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

      Roy, how many people have you pulled over only because you didn’t like them?

      • Tinner August 31, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

        Trouble, I’ve often wondered why people think that of police, could you please explain why you would honestly think a cop would pull somebody over ONLY because they didn’t like them?

  19. Low-Inyo August 29, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

    I wonder what my nemesis,”Trouble” is gonna say about this one…..myself,glad they’re doing it,and IMO should do more of them,and not only on holiday week-ends,but not announcing they plan the check-points or where they will be…coming from someone that lost my 18 year old Brother to a drunk driver many years ago…

  20. Trouble August 29, 2017 at 11:45 am #

    These guys sound like programmed robots. Never mind, they are.


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