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The following is from the Fremont Police Departments web site regarding an up upcoming DUI checkpoint on December 22, 2014. I will be e-mailing the Mayor of Fremont and asking him if he is OK with the Fremont Police Department stopping the people of Fremont without probable cause. I'm interested to hear under what authority the Fremont Police can stop it's citizens without probable cause.
I'm all in favor of taking drunk drivers off the road but not by the abuse of authority. The citizens of Fremont pay taxes for the Police to protect and serve us, not to harass us. I understand police work is tough and so do the police. But stopping everyone is not what we have a police force for. I'm asking you, the Elected Mayor of Fremont to stop all DUI checkpoints in Fremont. Tell the Fremont Police department there are no short cuts to policing. Put out more patrols on December 22 or use the grant money in other ways that do not infringe on our freedom. What is also interesting is that the funding for this DUI checkpoint is provided to the Fremont Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aware that the Fremont Police department will be using the funds to stop the people of Fremont without probable cause under the set up of a DUI checkpoint?
Per Fremont PD's Website:
"Fremont, CA –The Fremont Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on the evening of December 22, 2014, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 a.m.
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. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Fremont Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies."
What do you think? Tell the Mayor of Fremont what you think about DUI checkpoints -
Phone: Bill Harrison Mayor City of Fremont 510-284-4011
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