The Manteca Police make no secret about when they’re going to be holding a sobriety checkpoint during a holiday weekend.
And yet three people thought that they would be able to make it past a team of highly-trained drug and alcohol impairments experts without sending up some sort of a red flag.
Needless to say, their Labor Day Weekend wasn’t nearly as much fun as yours probably was.
Funded by a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety, the police held a pair of DUI checkpoints at strategic locations in the community on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Aug. 31 to check motorists for intoxication and to see whether they were properly licensed to be operating a vehicle.
A total of 118 vehicles were stopped and out of 32 field sobriety tests that were administered, only three people were arrested and cited for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant.
Here are some other facts from the weekend’s safe driving crackdown:
• 12 drivers with suspended licenses were discovered.
• 11 vehicles were towed.
• Four criminal arrests were made as a result of officers coming into contact with wanted individuals.
A total of 1,782 vehicles passed through both checkpoints. A team of officers, reserve officers and Manteca Police Explorers helped man the booth each night and keep it staffed throughout the peak hours from drunken and drugged driving.
Eastbound traffic along East Yosemite Avenue was targeted at two locations – the 1100 block and the 1800 block – on each respective night. Manteca Police notified the public that they would be holding both saturation patrols and checkpoints prior to the weekend, but did not disclose the location where officers would stop traffic.