Personally, I think the best solution for the grant money funding this program is to have a free late-night shuttle service that goes from specific points around Lake Merritt and to stop areas near each bar. That would be a great alternative to driving. But this excuse to arrest someone is not solving the problem at all. As Willie Brown said in this video, "Drink. Drink. Drink. Then drive drunk so I can represent you."
In fact, San Francisco doesn't have a checkpoint system; most people take cabs which are in abundance. But also people do drive, some of them elected officials and wealthy people, and nothing ever happens to them in San Francisco. Look at the case of Harry Denton!
In Oakland, where the poorer and darker folks live, there's this "make a reason to lock 'em up" mentality that tends to keep Oakland less vibrant than it could be. Every idiot knows it's not good to drive drunk, but why not have programs to help people go out and have fun without driving? The police should make sure there's a line of taxi cabs in front of Luka's in a make-shift cab stand.
That's what winning cities do; have programs to help the local businesses, not scare the patrons. It's what Oakland is not doing.
The Oakland Police Department will be conducting DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, September 19th, 2008, from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 A.M.
In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.
All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver’s license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.
A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Oakland Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.
Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For more information about the DUI check point please contact Lieutenant Anthony Banks 510.777.8637.