It’s common practice for law enforcement to alert the media to the planning of a checkpoint, but to withhold the actual location, as Alameda police have done in this case.
The Alameda checkpoint is scheduled for the evening of Friday, September 2, and is par of an ‘Avoid the 21’ California Labor Day DUI enforcement campaign, encouraging the public to call 911 to report suspected drunk drivers.
Alameda police provided the following clues to help motorists detect a drunk driver:
- Weaving/swerving in and out of the lane
- Weaving within the lane quite noticeably
- Traveling at speeds much slower than the flow of traffic
- Braking erratically or stopping in the lane
- Sudden stops for signal lights and slow start once they change
- Remaining at the signal lights once they turn green – asleep at the wheel
- Making wide turns and/or cutting the corner, striking the curb
- Headlights off at night or on high beam
- Driving with turn signals on
- Straddling the center line of the road or lane lines
- Aggressive driving – speeding, tailgating and multiple lane changes or unsafe passing may also be the tell-tale signs of intoxication.