CHP conducts sobriety checkpoint on El Camino

By Bay City News Service

The California Highway Patrol is conducting a sobriety checkpoint on El Camino Real in unincorporated San Mateo County tonight and early Sunday in an effort to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road.

The checkpoint will take place on El Camino Real south of Fifth Avenue from about 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., according to CHP spokeswoman Grace Castillo.

Motorists approaching the checkpoint can expect to see signs advising them the sobriety checkpoint is there, Castillo said.


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Posted by Someguy
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 25, 2008 at 1:52 pm

If you want to receive a text message alerting you to the checkpoint location...or report

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Posted by Help me understand
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Nov 25, 2008 at 3:16 pm

I don't get it. I've never been stopped at a checkpoint, and don't know how they work. Are you required to stop? Do you have to take some sort of sobriety test? Has this been tested in court?

I'm really confused by the fact that they put out a statement letting people know where they will be. So they're warning people in advance that if they drink and drive, they should take another route home? I really can't understand what the point is. Any ideas?

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Posted by Lemonade Lucy
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Nov 26, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Maybe if you're sober, you'll remember to avoid the area, and if you're driving drunk, you'll be too befuddled to steer clear.

I got stopped at one. Most cars get waived through. All I had to do was roll down my window and say that I hadn't been drinking.

I think cops need a reasonable suspicion that a driver is sloshed before they pull you out of your car and ask you to do a field sobriety test.

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