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CHP conducts sobriety checkpoint on El Camino

Original post made on Nov 25, 2008

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


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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 one...www.nocheckpoints.com


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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.