CHP, MLPD to hold sobriety checkpoint

CHP press release

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area and the Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) have collectively scheduled a sobriety checkpoint for Friday, September 18, 2015, in Mono County.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The purpose of a sobriety checkpoint is to deter impaired driving, remove impaired drivers from the roadway and educate the public regarding the dangers of impaired driving.


Unfortunately, impaired driving remains a major traffic safety issue.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Website, in 2012 more than 10,000 people were killed nationally in alcohol-impaired traffic collisions.  NHTSA estimates alcohol-impaired traffic collisions cost an estimated “37 billion dollars annually”.

Unfortunately, what cannot be captured in the statistics is the lasting impact an impaired driving event has on those involved.  Lieutenant Jeff Holt, Commander of the CHP Bridgeport Area, wanted to remind residents, “Impaired drivers, either drunk and/or drugged, create a life threatening danger to our communities.  A sobriety checkpoint has a deterrent effect which ultimately makes Mono County safer.  This year alone, DUI related traffic collisions in Mono County are up 60 percent from 2014.  This is a trend that cannot continue. With cooperation from the public and a collaborative effort towards traffic safety from our law enforcement partners, we can reduce DUI related collisions.”

In an effort to reduce impaired driving, the CHP employs sobriety checkpoints to raise awareness and remove impaired drivers from the roadway.  Please, don’t become a statistic.  Always plan ahead and designate a sober driver.


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24 Responses to CHP, MLPD to hold sobriety checkpoint

  1. Inquiring Mind September 19, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    So where was the checkpoint, anyway…..

    • sugar magnolia September 21, 2015 at 9:17 am #

      on 203, going into Mammoth. I went through it, they didn’t even asked if I’d been drinking. But they do ask for your drivers license, something I seem to misplace frequently. I had it with me that night, thankfully.

      I have to wonder, since they stopped me without probable cause, could I have been cited for not carrying my license?

      That said, I’ve been pulled over before without my license and never been cited. I do have a valid license, I just fail to carry it with me sometimes.

      • erik simpson September 21, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

        California vehicle code 12500 makes it illegal, and a misdemeanor, to drive without a valid license on any highway in California. If you weren’t cited, it’s because you were ‘profiled’ and passed.

      • Inquiring Mind September 22, 2015 at 11:40 am #

        Looks like they were prepared to greet Mammoth-ites returning home from a night at the Millpond Music Festival.

  2. Allen Berrey September 19, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    By purposely neglecting to announce the location of the checkpoint, and instead stating that it would happen somewhere in Mono County, the authorities failed to observe one of admonitions the California Supreme Court set forth in its Ingersoll decision as a factor to consider in determining if a particular checkpoint violates the Fourth Amendment.

    How very Mono County.

    But it is futile to expect the local authorities in Mono County to follow the Constitution; they do not know what it is, or what it says, or what it means.


    • Low-Inyo September 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      Allen Berrey :After reading your post I actually “googled” Fourth Amendment…..and was expecting to see something like our “rights” to be able to drive while intoxicated…if we so choose…and how out of line Mono County is by taking that “right” away from us…but it had nothing to do with what is about to happen here with the check-point….I do know one thing….if you ever lost a loved one and family member to a drunk driver,I bet you’d be singing a different tune about “probable cause” before the DUI driver can be pulled over and stopped…and arrested BEFORE he goes out and kills some innocent person….or as what happened to me back in 1971, losing two innocent people…

      • sugar magnolia September 21, 2015 at 9:24 am #

        Ok, I can’t let this comment go without response. Mr. Berrey is alluding to the fact that while LEO can do DUI checkpoints, they are required to announce them ahead of time, and provide a ‘escape’ point for those who don’t wish to go through the checkpoint.
        And obviously, the location of this checkpoint was not announced ahead of time.

        Nowhere did Mr. Berrey say people have the right drive intoxicated.

        As far as providing protection to the community from drunk drivers….there were approximately 18 LEO on site for this checkpoint. Had those 18 LEO saturated our roadways throughout Mono County, looking for signs of impaired driving, our County would have been better protected than this checkpoint provided. So again, your logic fails….not surprised.

  3. Vons shopper September 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    @ highwater. DUI checkpoints have been going on for over 25+ years. Don’t you think someone with more money than you or an attorney trying to make a name for himself, or better yet, the ACLU or organizations that regularly sue cops and government would have stopped this long ago if it were illegal? Has not happened, but the same uneducated, who like to act like they are smart like you are finally figuring this out and WOW it is such an injustice. IT HAS BEEN TACKLED BEFORE AND YOUR POINT OF IGNORANCE WAS DEFEATED. Come up with something new that is wrong with our government. There is a lot but this one has been proven not to be a violation of your rights. Driving Drunk is a violation of the law. AMAZING.

    • Trouble September 19, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

      If your so smart, why do you shop at Vons?
      P.s. slavery used to be legal also.

  4. High Water September 18, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    @john- welfare baby!!!

  5. John September 18, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    This should be an illegal alien check point. I don’t understand how Obama can let people immigrate here illegally but as an employer I can’t hire illegal aliens as a business owner. If we can’t legally hire them what are they going to do after Obama illegal lets them into the Country?

    • Charles O. Jones September 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      A little heavy on Obama there John. What practical measures has Reagan, or Bush 1, or Clinton, or Bush 2, used to stop illegal immigration?

      And just because you don’t hire them doesn’t mean that others don’t. For every undocumented immigrant with a job, there is an illegal employer who willingly providing that job. They come here to work. And there have ALWAYS been an abundance of people who are ready and willing to hire them. Maybe we should have an illegal employer check point.

    • Low-Inyo September 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

      John(ald Trump)…..Give me a break….”as an employer I can’t hire illegal aliens as a business owner”….don’t make me laugh….I personally know of a few that do just that….and admit it’s because they can pay lower wages by doing so,as well as getting better work from them than they would from the other caucasian “work force”…and then go on to say,at the same time, they are against illegal immigration……which one is it, guys ?..It’s a KNOWN FACT,especially in this area,if you want someone that is willing to work,as well as doing a good job and not stealing and/or being lazy,best thing to do is hire an Hispanic….legal or not…most of those using,abusing,mooching and illegally getting welfare sure ain’t the Hispanics… doubt about that.

    • Trouble September 18, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      No, they should wait to have reasonable cause to check them. Not sucker in every person who likes to go out on a Friday night.

      • Charles O. Jones September 19, 2015 at 9:55 am #

        Perhaps you should read the Supreme Court ruling on the matter. This was settled in the highest court 25 years ago.

        Just because you don’t like something doesn’t make it unlawful.

      • Low-Inyo September 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

        Trouble….The way for those that want to stay out of “trouble” going out on a Friday night…..simple solution….don’t drink and drive…with all our little towns,if you wanta go out and get drunk,your well within walking distance of the taverns…and if your not,get someone to drive that doesn’t plan on getting ****-faced and putting innocent people and families in danger on the highway…..simple solutions.

        • Trouble September 19, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

          I don’t know low Inyo, every civil right and little things like probable cause , seem to go right out the door here. What’s next?

  6. Trouble September 18, 2015 at 2:39 am #

    I’m not even reading this article. It is unbelievable to me that people can be pulled over, questioned and forced to prove they are not breaking the law in this country. It isn’t right and they know it!

  7. High Water September 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    Call it what it is. A Revenue Checkpoint!

    Doubt this post will get past the moderator.

  8. Vons shopper September 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    Not a problem, I do not ever drive Drunk.

    • High Water September 18, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      @vons shopper- Your wrong! It is a problem.
      Your acceptance of govt. Overreaching in the name of ‘SAFETY ‘ is why they do this. They love that we bow down to every thing they do
      They always use safety and blah blah.. because they care. FOLLOW THE MONEY!

      • Charles O. Jones September 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

        Overreaching blah blah…
        Old news high Water. In 1990 the SCOTUS ruled that DUI checkpoints are not a violation of the 4th amendment. So in other words – they are not overreaching.

        • tourbillon September 20, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

          Jones: SCOTUS also once ruled that fugitive slaves had to be returned to their masters (Dred Scott), and that segregated education was just dandy (Plessy v. Ferguson). SCOTUS is not God. SCOTUS is a group of nine unelected lawyers, not a magic wand with which to silence dissent.

          Based on your uncritical fealty to the Court, I can only assume you totally buy in to Bush v. Gore, Hobby Lobby, Citizens United v. FEC, and every other ruling they ever have made. Except the ones your mini-gods have overruled.

          • Charles O. Jones September 20, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

            We live under the rule of law. If you want to look elsewhere for guidance and inspiration – well knock yourself out. And you can try to conflate the issues of slavery and DUI checkpoints if you like. But most people are capable of seeing right through that.

            Like you, I don’t always agree with every decision the court makes. At the end of the day it doesn’t change the facts that the highest court and public opinion polls are in support DUI checkpoints. Bottom line, no matter how much you and a few others whine about it, they’re legal and the majority of your fellow citizens are in favor them.

            I hope the next checkpoint in this area is successful in preventing an impaired driver from killing you, or someone close to you.


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