Sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint Saturday in Mono County

– Press release from the CHP:

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area had previously scheduled a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint for Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Mono County. The checkpoint was cancelled due to thunderstorms in the area, as Well as, poor air quality caused by a Wildfire in the Sierra National Forest in neighboring Fresno County. The checkpoint has been rescheduled for this Saturday, August 10, 2013, in Mono County.

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“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers,” said Lieutenant R. D. Cohan, Area Commander of the CHP’s Bridgeport Office. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers Will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.

The goal of the CHP is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist. A sobriety/ driver’s license checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment existing patrol operations. “By publicizing our efforts We believe that we can deter motorists from drinking while driving and/or driving while unlicensed,” Lieutenant Cohan said.

Lieutenant Cohan emphasized, “Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Our objective is to send a elear message to those individuals that mixing alcohol and/or drugs while driving will not be tolerated.

“The CHP seeks to enhance highway safety by apprehending the impaired driver.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the CHP by a .grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. 1f you see a Drunk Driver, call 9-1-1.

 

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brandon
brandon
8 years ago

The check point was set up soley for the Burning Man crowd driving up through LA and SD. They stop you on the 395 then run there dogs around every car. This is exactly how it would have went down. Then they start handing out felonies. In the mean time… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  brandon

I don’t recall reading that there were any roadblocks.
Benett Kessler

The Aggressive Progressive!
The Aggressive Progressive!
8 years ago
Reply to  brandon

Awesome perspective of how this effort (the war on drugs) is counter productive on many platforms…What law enforcement has done in the last 30 years in regards to the war on drugs is it has become more accessible, more people are likely to use now then they were then, drugs… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Tom O…..I’m thinking the check-point was planned to be set up in the Bridgeport area,along HWY .395,and not in the town of June Lake. But having one set-up in Mammoth Lakes would be a good idea,no matter the day of the week ..or time of day….24/7……maybe a way to quickly… Read more »

Tom O.
Tom O.
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

It wasnt in Bridgeport, it was in June. @ Mammoth Aint Utah[if that’s your real name]Sorry for ‘bitching’.

Lighten up, Tom O
Lighten up, Tom O
8 years ago
Reply to  Tom O.

Sounds like you could use a drink, Tom O.
Lighten up.
Nothing wrong with a little Eat, Drink and be Merry – for tomorrow you may die.

Tom O.
Tom O.
8 years ago

Thanks Dr Laura

DESCO
DESCO
8 years ago

Blaze,
Sorry for your loss.
I hope everyone reads your link before opening their stupid mouths.
Trouble, the nice thing about freedom of speech is it makes spotting idiots a lot easier.

Tom O.
Tom O.
8 years ago

As there wasyet another drinking festival going on at the Village in Mammoth[Margarita Fest], CHP decided to set up their checkpoint in June Lake as the town is having its annual fundraiser for our volunteer firefighters. Thanks guys, you wonder why you have no respect from the public that PAYS… Read more »

Mammoth ain't Utah
Mammoth ain't Utah
8 years ago
Reply to  Tom O.

Those festivals Tom O is bitching about in Mammoth were attended by an older, respectable crowd who have alcoholic beverages served to them and responsible drinking. No DUIs were written, no fights broke out, no underage drinking was going on, everyone was civil to each other and had a good… Read more »

Tom O.
Tom O.
8 years ago

Your wrong…I work at one of the hotels in Mammoth next to the Village. Believe me there were plenty of overly drunk old people and young people. maybe you were too hammered to notice. And it goes on EVERY wknd in the summer….IMO, the TOML police look the other way… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago

I was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Bishop earlier this summer. The officers were very courteous and the delay was only a minor inconvenience. My frustration with checkpoints is not with law enforcement, it is with those who abuse their freedom and drive impaired creating the need for checkpoints.… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

Exactly! We have unparalleled freedom. Seems like those that force the need for DUI checkpoints always complain the loudest.

And while the pot laws are unreasonable, they are not cause to indict our entire system of law enforcement.

Dee
Dee
8 years ago

Being required to answer questions with absolutely no probable cause is abuse and is not what life in a free society is about. It’s the guilty until you can prove yourself innocent attitude that has that awful stench of the police state. When the 5th amendment is suspended just because… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Dee

…and to keep you from suffering the outrage of having to talk to a Police Officer for 30 seconds, everybody has to risk driving on roads full of drunk drivers with no option except to wait for a terrible accident. Is that your plan? If you can provide a better… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago
Reply to  Dee

I’ll side with opinion of the SCOTUS on whether or not this is a violation of our Constitutional Rights Dee.

BlazeWhitney
BlazeWhitney
8 years ago

If there would have been a sobriety check point two days ago, maybe my nephew would still be alive.

http://www.wkbn.com/2013/08/10/teen-hit-killed-while-fishing/

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

Most of you are whining like a child being told they can’t have all the cookies. I think the CHP should have a daily mobile roadblock that really do some good. Like at the bottom of 203 where it enters 395 in Mammoth Lakes on Sunday afternoon after a Tequila… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Sorry Ken- I liked how free we used feel in this country. Before our government declared a war on it’s own people, in the name of drugs. That’s alright, the jails are over flowing and pretty soon the bubble will burst. Plus pot is close to becoming legal herb again.

Dingo
Dingo
8 years ago

“I fight authority, authority always wins” – John Mellencamp

I’ll be laying low at home after work on Saturday.

Jeremiah Joseph
Jeremiah Joseph
8 years ago
Reply to  Dingo

Same here, but laying low to secure of freedom and liberty, is not freedom and liberty!

John
John
8 years ago

Maybe the Seargant’s wife will be watching from a cliff with binoculars.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

I think I’ll see how many times I can drive threw this trap/crap. Just to piss them off.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble…..no you won’t….

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Bomber…..If your refering to the “freedom” of driving a vehicle on the highway,back in the 1700’s,when Ben Franklin wrote that quote,there wasn’t impaired,drunken drivers going 75 + MPH in a 2,000 pound vehicle the next lane over in the opposite direction….If the CHP make one single arrest of a drunk… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne- your lucky they don’t have road blocks for teachers pets!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble……Tryin’ to figure out what that means….

Joe
Joe
8 years ago

Can someone tell me what CHP will do when they see an illegal immigrant at the checkpoint with a bogus DL or none at all? Deport them? I doubt it. Arrest them? Doubtful. Born and raised here, heaven forbid if I happen to have forgotten my license at home or… Read more »

Sean
Sean
8 years ago
Reply to  Joe

They will be arrested for being an unlicensed driver and the car they are driving will be impounded.

Jeremiah Joseph
Jeremiah Joseph
8 years ago
Reply to  Sean

I SAID YOU WILL BOW YOUR HEAD TO YOUR GOV’T, DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND? DO YOU NOT LIKE YOUR FREEDOM? YOUR FREEDOM WHERE YOU ARE A SLAVE TO DEBT AND HAVING TO CONFORM TO BEING A SHEEP TO CORPORATIONS WHERE WE ALL HAVE TO CONSUME IN ORDER TO SURVIVE! THEN… Read more »

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago
Reply to  Sean

The NEW law about being an un-licensed driver, the officer has to give the individual the option to have a legal, licensed driver to show up at the scene within 15 minutes, saving them from having their vehicle impounded. A couple of different police agencies in So. Cal. were targeting… Read more »

Humble Pie
Humble Pie
8 years ago
Reply to  Joe

TOML loves their illegal aliens. Sanctuary city all the way. I won’t be spending any money with TOML until they figure it out and get it right.

Civility in Mammoth Lakes
Civility in Mammoth Lakes
8 years ago
Reply to  Humble Pie

Mammoth Lakes is not interested in forming any kind of far-right gestapo to round up entire groups of people. The town is much more civil than that. People get along quite nicely and don’t need your money, Humble Pie. Perhaps you would be better served sending your money to the… Read more »

Orion Perizi
Orion Perizi
8 years ago

TOML doesn’t need your money or round up people because they make plenty by exploiting people willing to work for nothing. Civil slumlords.

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
8 years ago

Was right with you on the “civility” theme, Civility, until you uncivilly disparaged a political group with whom you disagree. Practice what you preach or stop using the name.

CALM DOWN
CALM DOWN
8 years ago
Reply to  Humble Pie

That’s great, Pie. Stay out of Mammoth. TOML doesn’t need bigots or their money.

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
8 years ago

driving is a privlege,if you arent drunk,dont worry your pretty little drunk heads over it,put down your bongs and find another route

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
8 years ago

Let’s lay the “driving is a privilege” canard to rest. It is a right. You pass the test, you MUST be given a license and it cannot be revoked for no reason, as a mere privilege can be, unless you misbehave. Just like guns – you have a right to… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

I was watching the news today and the story about that guy James Dimaggio that (allegedly) killed the woman and abducted 16 year old Hannah Anderson in San Diego….took off in his car and reports saying he could have headed up to Oregon or Canada..and if he did,a good chance… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

The people that object to this have obviously never had a family member or a loved one killed by a drunk driver….or had to clean up the mess of an accident involving a drunk driver and the innocent victims they usually leave behind dead or maimed.

Samuel A Bishop
Samuel A Bishop
8 years ago

If you are driving sober you have absolutely nothing to worry about and can enjoy exercizing our 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendment rights. Carry a video camera and have some fun.

Jeremiah Joseph
Jeremiah Joseph
8 years ago

Here is my counter to your statement;
Every so often, you hear the argument “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”, in order to justify increased and invasive surveillance. This argument is not only dangerous, but dishonest and cowardly, too!!!!!!!
Thoughts????

JeremiahJoe
JeremiahJoe
8 years ago

YOU WILL BOW YOUR HEAD TO THE GOV’T! “yes Sir, Sorry Sir, anything you say Sir”

JeremiahJoe
JeremiahJoe
8 years ago

(DISA) The Defense Information Systems Agency, You are a “high risk” and on the “Insider Threat” list if you; Visit family abroad frequently have money problems and or openly speak out of unhappiness with U.S. foreign policy. whether you believe it or not, that isn’t the issue! This is a… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  JeremiahJoe

People who drink and drive with impaired reflexes and judgement are risking the health and safety of others, not just themselves.

Bomber Watterson
Bomber Watterson
8 years ago

People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both - Ben Franklin

Sean
Sean
8 years ago

Quote not applicable and used out of context.

Jeremiah Joseph
Jeremiah Joseph
8 years ago
Reply to  Sean

says the guy with the bias argument!

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

The Nazi’s will be lining you all up and pulling you in for absolutely no reason at all this Saturday.

Sean
Sean
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Calling the CHP Nazis is really lame. Are the CHP putting all the Jews in death camps here in Mono County? Did they slaughter millions of people based on regilious beliefs? Did the CHP invade Poland? The US Supreme Court says checkpoints like this are OK so if you don’t… Read more »

Jeremiah Joseph
Jeremiah Joseph
8 years ago
Reply to  Sean

“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”, in order to justify increased and invasive surveillance. This argument is not only dangerous, but dishonest and cowardly, too.

Jeremiah Joseph
Jeremiah Joseph
8 years ago

“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” Yes, the NAZIS did say that.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Sean

Sean- isn’t it beautiful I don’t have to move or shut up because Nazis minded people haven’t won the right to make me.

Really
Really
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble, I know that you don’t want to be confused by any actual facts, but how about you do a ride along with CHP on checkpoint night and observe what acutally takes place at one of these checkpoints, then report back to us.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Really

Really, I don’t think it would change my mind. I don’t think people should be subject to interrogation and unwarranted searches just because someone else may be breaking a law.