CHP plans Mono County DUI checkpoint for Friday

CHP press release

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area has scheduled a driving under the influence (DUI) and driver license safety checkpoint on August 9, 2019, 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 roadways, 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”.

“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on our local roadways by intoxicated drivers,” said Lieutenant Chuck Mairs, CHP Bridgeport Area Commander. The goal of the CHP is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of intoxicated or unlicensed drivers. A sobriety/driver license checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment existing patrol operations.

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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18 Responses to CHP plans Mono County DUI checkpoint for Friday

  1. David Dennison August 12, 2019 at 9:02 pm #

    Yeah,try to say that if you come up on or have to clean up an accident and an innocent family injured or killed by a drunk driver…or in some cases such as mine and many others,losing a family member to a drunk driver…your choice to drink and drive….get caught BEFORE you kill and maim,pay the consequences and the price for YOUR actions…

  2. Rick O'Brien August 11, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

    Right up the road in a little town called Hawthorne Nevada , the Mineral County Sheriff’s Deputies will give anyone a ride home that asks for it , no questions asked . That’s ONE way of keeping someone who’s been drinking from getting behind the wheel . They say call us, and you can ride home in the front seat. If we stop you if you’re driving, you can ride in the back seat …with handcuffs .

    • Trouble August 12, 2019 at 6:23 am #

      That’s good to hear Rick! At least they are trying to help. Arresting people is not my definition of help. That’s why I like the fire department so much, They come to help, not arrest people and call it help!

  3. Trouble August 9, 2019 at 9:07 pm #

    So it’s ok to pull over everyone ? Won’t we be better served if they station someone outside our bars?

  4. Dpblue August 9, 2019 at 9:01 am #

    No kidding Roberto, if they want to catch drunk drivers that’s the perfect location.

  5. Roberto August 9, 2019 at 12:14 am #

    The Burners will never forget Mono County.

    I suggest the check point be at Tom’s Place. They over serve all the locals

    • Charles O. Jones August 9, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

      Funny because I’ve seen bartenders at Tom’s refuse drinks to people on several occasions. Far more often than I’ve ever seen in Mammoth or Bishop.

  6. David Dennison August 8, 2019 at 11:01 am #

    Yep,trouble,the Constitutional right to drink and drive…right ?…thing is,driving is a privilege,not a right…..if you don’t believe that,next time you get pulled over,refuse to show your license,registration and proof of insurance….or if asked to do a sobriety test ….see what happens…

    • Trouble August 9, 2019 at 2:21 am #

      Whatever David , there are better ways to keep people from driving drunk. I shouldn’t have to be pulled over, detained and made to prove I’m solber for your peace of mind!

      • David Dennison August 9, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

        Trouble…..Go to the check-point…make your stance….and let us know how it turns out.

      • Charles O. Jones August 9, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

        Our judicial system has already ruled on the legality of check points. So your protests in that regard are hollow. That aside, if you’ve got a more effective deterrent then please share it. We’d all be better off with fewer impaired drivers on the road.

        • Trouble August 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

          Ok Charles, why don’t they seat outside the bars and check them before they drive away? No one gets pulled over for no reason and the police would have probably cause at that time. No one drives drunk or gets harassed that way?

          • David Dennison August 11, 2019 at 7:10 am #

            Oh gosh,Trouble….don’t give fox news and trump any new ideas and “solutions” to a problem…they’ll suggest hiring armed ex-military and ex police officers with breathalyzers to sit outside taverns to check blood alcohol levels on those leaving the bars..

          • Trouble August 12, 2019 at 6:27 am #

            David, your so far off from the truth , when you falsely accused me of supporting Trump. Tell me something, what’s your definition of help and freedom?

          • Charles O. Jones August 12, 2019 at 9:56 am #

            Why not? Maybe because impaired drivers come from many places. Lots of people drinking in places other than bars, and drugs/prescription meds are not sold in local bars. Not to mention a DUI checkpoint is higher profile which a stronger deterrent to would be DUI drivers.

          • David Dennison August 12, 2019 at 12:07 pm #

            Trouble,I’m not accusing you of being a trump worshiper….

  7. Trouble August 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

    Chicken…. in my book. But I’ll be happy to bend over for ya to check for any drugs! Ever hear of probable cause?

  8. David Dennison August 7, 2019 at 3:11 pm #

    Good for the Bridgeport CHP……of all the little towns and areas here in the Sierra,when driving I feel the safest when I get into the Lee Vining-Bridgeport area,knowing Law Enforcement is VERY pro-active up there to speeders ,drunk and stupid drivers…in my town of Lone Pine,and when I travel north through Independence,Big Pine and Bishop,not once have I not witnessed some idiot driving well over the speed limit and/or reckless,either on HWY 395 or through one of the towns…


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