Vallejo police plan checkpoint

The Vallejo Police Department is planning a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint at an undisclosed location from 6 to 11 tonight. Full Story
Take out the trash

Vallejo, CA

#1 Feb 12, 2010
Good idea VPD, this is one of Vallejo's most serious problems. Perhaps you can get the overpaid firefighters out there with you to make sure none of these cars are fire hazzards.
California Screamin

Chino, CA

#2 Feb 12, 2010
I wonder if they're really going to be checking to see if the drivers have chosen to arm themselves?
Olden-Times

Glide, OR

#3 Feb 12, 2010
Once again I realize this is probably paid by grant money but is this the best resource to use an already under staffed police force? More officers taken off street patrol and incident response. And if they find a drunk? Another officer to transport.
Common Sense

Vallejo, CA

#4 Feb 12, 2010
But they can make money of the hard working citizens who stopped to get a few drinks because they live in a war zone. They can't make money busting the murderers, burglars, drug dealers and vermin (youth) in this town. Maybe they will be like Benicia and conduct alcohol stings next. If there is a shooting tonight and the police don't catch the guy because they were too busy with this checkpoint, they should be held liable!
Irish Mike

AOL

#5 Feb 12, 2010
maybe we will get lucky and they wil snare sam kurshan
Do not shop Vallejo then

Vallejo, CA

#6 Feb 12, 2010
I don't go shopping in Vallejo when they have these things. I don't enjoy being shaken down, so I don't spend any money in Vallejo when they have checkpoints. I usually don’t go out, or leave town early to go have fun somewhere else. Not that it matters at all, but I'm licensed, insured, my car is in good shape & currently registered, and I don't drink, etc, etc.
Understandable

Hidden Valley Lake, CA

#7 Feb 12, 2010
Understandable concern, but it is federal and state grant money that can only be used for DUI checkpoints. All officers involved are off-duty (on overtime) paid entirely by the grant, so no impact on patrol staffing level, including transport.
Olden-Times wrote:
Once again I realize this is probably paid by grant money but is this the best resource to use an already under staffed police force? More officers taken off street patrol and incident response. And if they find a drunk? Another officer to transport.
Anonomys

United States

#8 Feb 12, 2010
Maybe instead of having these checkpoints they should be out patrolling the streets .
end the madness

Vallejo, CA

#9 Feb 12, 2010
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The courts in the state of Oregon have ruled that this type of unwarranted search is a violation of the 4th amendment to the constitution. Of course here in the socialist republic of CA the constitution doesn't apply because our representatives routinely violate their oath of office by passing regulations that flagrantly disregard the constitution. These people should be held accountable. If you’re a doctor and you violate your oath, you lose your license to practice. Shouldn’t the politicians be treated the same? When will the people of CA stand up for their rights?
ChEcK PoInT HaTeR

Walnut Creek, CA

#10 Feb 12, 2010
Another one of these? It's getting ridiculous. I'm coming from work and the last thing I need is to be stopped at one of these when I'm trying to get home after being in all the freeway traffic. I need to find a way around these.
Give me a break

Napa, CA

#11 Feb 12, 2010
These checkpoints are ENTIRELY funded by the state Office of Traffic Safety and CANNOT be used for anything else. I agree that the money is probably better spent on something else but can't be. If Vallejo doesn't use it, another police agency in some other city will use it for the same thing.
Robert

Vallejo, CA

#12 Feb 12, 2010
These are waist of time. They are a way to make the police look like they are doing something when in fact they are mostly sitting around doing nothing for a few hours. The very few people they do catch in these things let them meet their quotas which helps them hide the fact that they are failing to address more difficult problems. What they should be doing is actively patrolling and walking a beat. This is nothing but public showmanship. Do not get me wrong, the do catch drunk drivers but to be honest, drunk driving is not a big problem in Vallejo right now. Is it? What we need is police on bikes, police doing random patrols, and police walking a beat in downtown. Checkpoints are a cop out to meet state statistics. Pardon the pun.
Mr Vallejo

Sacramento, CA

#13 Feb 12, 2010
Robert wrote:
These are waist of time. They are a way to make the police look like they are doing something when in fact they are mostly sitting around doing nothing for a few hours. The very few people they do catch in these things let them meet their quotas which helps them hide the fact that they are failing to address more difficult problems. What they should be doing is actively patrolling and walking a beat. This is nothing but public showmanship. Do not get me wrong, the do catch drunk drivers but to be honest, drunk driving is not a big problem in Vallejo right now. Is it? What we need is police on bikes, police doing random patrols, and police walking a beat in downtown. Checkpoints are a cop out to meet state statistics. Pardon the pun.
I agree with you, Robert.
Robert

Vallejo, CA

#14 Feb 12, 2010
Regardless of the funding source, these are a waist of time. If the money would otherwise go to other departments who want to waist their officers free time let it go. I think they should all be stopped and funds put into the general fund. It would do more. If the officers here really want to work off duty they they can walk a beat in the downtown, visit a school or drive through bad neighborhoods randomly. Still, I question how being paid with a state or federal grant does not qualify as a form of work? If they make an arrest don't they get the points toward their quota? For that matter, checkpoints are still a form of political manipulation of the public. They create the illusion of police effectiveness while missing 99% of the real problems. Sort of like air line security lines. In both cases, the money should be spent in an effective fashion not simply to create false illusions of protection where there is none.
fail

San Francisco, CA

#15 Feb 12, 2010
The funny thing is that people who go out could simply look on Twitter to find the location of the checkpoint and avoid it altogether
Use a spell checker

San Lorenzo, CA

#16 Feb 12, 2010
Robert wrote:
Regardless of the funding source, these are a waist of time. If the money would otherwise go to other departments who want to waist their officers free time let it go. I think they should all be stopped and funds put into the general fund. It would do more. If the officers here really want to work off duty they they can walk a beat in the downtown, visit a school or drive through bad neighborhoods randomly. Still, I question how being paid with a state or federal grant does not qualify as a form of work? If they make an arrest don't they get the points toward their quota? For that matter, checkpoints are still a form of political manipulation of the public. They create the illusion of police effectiveness while missing 99% of the real problems. Sort of like air line security lines. In both cases, the money should be spent in an effective fashion not simply to create false illusions of protection where there is none.
It's spelled waste for God's sake. JEEZ!
Mr Vallejo

Sacramento, CA

#17 Feb 12, 2010
Use a spell checker wrote:
<quoted text>
It's spelled waste for God's sake. JEEZ!
What do you do, read the blogs for spelling errors?
Get a life you loser!
Joe Kearns

Vallejo, CA

#18 Feb 12, 2010
Robert wrote:
These are waist of time. They are a way to make the police look like they are doing something when in fact they are mostly sitting around doing nothing for a few hours. The very few people they do catch in these things let them meet their quotas which helps them hide the fact that they are failing to address more difficult problems. What they should be doing is actively patrolling and walking a beat. This is nothing but public showmanship. Do not get me wrong, the do catch drunk drivers but to be honest, drunk driving is not a big problem in Vallejo right now. Is it? What we need is police on bikes, police doing random patrols, and police walking a beat in downtown. Checkpoints are a cop out to meet state statistics. Pardon the pun.
Great post Robert! even with the spelling error. I would like to add that the state is also broke yet has plenty of money to do what amounts to stealing peoples cars, one can lose their car simply for letting your drivers lic. expire and being slow to renew it, or you can't afford the registration and your tags are expired. In this time of police services cuts, why don't a few police chiefs get together and ask the state to reallocate this money so police can actually patrol?
Glass half full

Benicia, CA

#19 Feb 12, 2010
At least Vallejo's finest are getting some exercise rousting tax paying citizens instead of filling their pie holes with donuts.

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