St. Patrick's Day DUI Checkpoint a Success

Posted: March 22, 2018

On March 17, 2018, CHP-Placerville conducted a DUI checkpoint in Cameron Park, CA.  Officers contacted and spoke with nearly 500 drivers during the course of the evening, handed out educational materials, and made one arrest for suspicion of DUI.

CHP-Placerville uses a combination of DUI checkpoints and saturation campaigns to combat DUI as is required by Office of Traffic Safety impaired driving grants.  In a saturation campaign, CHP deploys several extra officers to the streets with the primary focus of stopping drivers who are suspected of being DUI.  Unlike saturation campaigns, the purpose of a DUI checkpoint is three-fold; high visibility deterrence, removing impaired drivers from the road and public education.  

We were very happy to have representatives from the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office at the checkpoint.  Our continued partnership in combating impaired driving in El Dorado County is essential for the safety of our communities.- LT Matt Stover, Placerville CHP Commander.

Of note, Officers working the checkpoint noted a sharp increase in the number of Lyft drivers transporting St. Patrick's Day celebrants, an indication that the partnership between the District Attorney's Office and the ride-share company is having an impact.