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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 4:55 pm | Updated: 5:12 pm, Fri Jun 29, 2012.

The Morgan Hill Police Department plans to kick off Independence Day weekend with a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits of Morgan Hill between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Friday night.

People caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, according to a press release from Sheriff Sgt. Jose Cardoza.

With all the barbecues and fireworks shows going on the weekend before Independence Day, people tend to be more likely to hop behind the wheel after having a few drinks than they would be on a typical weekend. Last year, there were 179 DUI arrests in Santa Clara County alone, according to date from California Avoid, an DUI prevention organization. 

To report a drunk driver, call 911.

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  • Hitekredneck posted at 11:40 am on Sun, Jul 1, 2012.

    Hitekredneck Posts: 7

    I don't think they's should be doing a DUI for license too. They always check license and everything. Somebody who ain't got a license should only pull over if they done something wrong and not for no roadblock.

    They make it complicated. Why not just check for DUI. DUI is the most hazard.

  • jawz posted at 8:05 pm on Fri, Jun 29, 2012.

    jawz Posts: 18

    A quick google search turned up this for DUI checkpoints:

    1.location of sobriety checkpoints must be decided by supervisory police officers
    2.Police must use a neutral mathematical formula, such as every driver, or every third, fifth, or tenth driver to determine who to stop
    3.In order to minimize the risk of danger to motorists and police, proper lighting, warning signs and signals, and clearly identifiable official vehicles and personnel are required
    4.A supervisory officer must choose a location that will be most effective in actually stopping drunk drivers, such as roads which have a high incidence of alcohol-related accidents and arrests.
    5. Police are expected to exercise good judgment in setting times and durations, with an eye to effectiveness of the operation, and with the safety of motorists in mind
    6.Sobriety checkpoints also must be established with high visibility so that drivers can easily see the nature of the roadblock
    7.Police operating sobriety roadblocks should detain each motorist only long enough for the officer to question the driver briefly and to look for signs of intoxication, such as alcohol on the breath, slurred speech, and glassy or bloodshot eyes.
    8.Police conducting a lawful sobriety checkpoint must provide advance notice of the roadblock to the public, although they are not required to disclose its specific location.
    9. motorists who seek to avoid a roadblock may not be stopped and detained merely because they attempted to avoid the roadblock. However, if the motorist commits a vehicle code violation or displays obvious signs of intoxication, there is adequate probable cause to pull over the motorist, after which point general principles of detention and arrest apply.

  • rabbitohare posted at 5:26 pm on Fri, Jun 29, 2012.

    rabbitohare Posts: 2

    The Morgan Hill PD is conducting a DUI stop tonight at an indisclosed location. In talking with a CHP friend this is illegal for them not to disclose the location, how does Morgan Hill get around the law?