DUI Checkpoint in Dixon this Friday Night

The checkpoint will take place between the hours of 6:30 pm and midnight.

There will be a DUI checkpoint in Dixon this Friday night, Dec. 14. Here's more from the Dixon Police Department: 

Officers from 11 agencies in Solano County, including Dixon Police, will participate in the event designed to reduce incidents of drunk driving and unlicensed driving.  Drunk drivers are responsible for the deaths of about 16,000 Americans each year, almost the total population of communities like ours.  Additionally, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study revealed that about 18% of drivers who cause accidents are unlicensed—30% of those drivers having a suspended license because of DUI.

The checkpoint will take place between the hours of 6:30 pm and midnight.  The location will not be released until a few hours before the start of the checkpoint, but required detours will be available.  As traffic volume permits, vehicles will be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.   Drivers without a valid license will be cited and may have their car impounded.
Bil Paul December 14, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I'm against DUI checkpoints. They are an erosion of our rights and constitute unreasonable search. The only reason we should be stopped is if we are displaying some driving activity that makes a police officer think we are DUI. I'm sure that some will say that catching inebriated drivers at checkpoints is more important than our personal rights, but I would disagree. Add this to TSA checks for everyone at airports, getting checked when leaving Costco, getting checked when entering courthouses, etc., and pretty soon you have a very long list of being checked at every opportunity. The trend is to try to eliminate all danger from our lives by checking everyone for whatever, whenever, wherever. However, we will always live with a certain level of danger. That's life.
James mcdonald December 15, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Remember when going through a check point you do not have to say a word or answer any question or she id
Ian Arnold December 15, 2012 at 02:51 AM
We've had this conversation before. On the one hand, with bartenders and radio stations announcing where the checkpoints are, anyone dumb enough to drive through the checkpoint while intoxicated deserves what he or she gets. On the other hand, the whole "probable cause" thing is, I believe, important. DUI checkpoints are (IMO) the equivalent of random searches. They do get dumb criminals off the streets, but at the expense of our time and freedoms. On yet another hand (how many is that?): Probable cause would be easy if the City of Dixon brought in enough outside officers. Weaving in your lane? Cause. Missing front license plate? Cause. One of the lights illuminating your license plate burned out? Cause. Dirt partially obscuring one of your plates? Cause. Signal too late? (or too early?) Cause. Etc., etc. Finally, the last time we had this discussion, I agreed that we have the right to refuse roadside sobriety tests; however, if you're sober, why not demand a breathalyzer and get on your way? If you're drunk, why piss off the person who's going to cuff you (either way) and take you in for your mandatory blood test? If you're borderline, playing for time may allow your body to metabolize some more alcohol and let you squeak in under the limit, but if you're borderline and cooperative, many officers might give you a pass. (By which I mean let you park your car and call someone to drive you home.)
Bob Jones December 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
James is wrong. Just help the officers do their jobs and drive safely. They are trying to keep people safe.


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