CHP Humboldt Conducting a Sobriety and Driver’s License Checkpoint Saturday

Press release from the California Highway Patrol:CHP sun feature

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Humboldt Area, will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) and driver license safety checkpoint on December 30, 2023, somewhere within the unincorporated area of Humboldt County.

Captain Larry Depee stated, “The goal of conducting a sobriety and driver license checkpoint is to send a clear message that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or while unlicensed, is unacceptable.”

The goal of the CHP is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of intoxicated or unlicensed drivers. A sobriety / driver license checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment existing patrol operations.

Captain Depee emphasized, “Too many lives are lost to impaired and unlicensed drivers throughout the State of California. This checkpoint will be staffed by officers trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Those officers will be evaluating drivers as they come through the checkpoint to assess their sobriety and check for a valid driver license.”

Funding for this program was provided from the statewide “Reducing Impairment Statewide” federal grant.

NOTE: The media may contact CHP, Humboldt Area, at (707) 822‐5981 on December 30, 2023, no earlier than 5:00 p.m., for the exact location.

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BlueLakgrrr
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BlueLakgrrr
1 month ago

Any speculation as to where this checkpoint will be? Or should I just not drive anywhere on Saturday

thetallone
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thetallone
1 month ago
Reply to  BlueLakgrrr

Maybe just not drive impaired?

fndrbndr
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1 month ago
Reply to  thetallone

The lack of impairment won’t save you from the interaction and possible confrontation. Depending on the officer it could have many outcomes. Stay home or turn around without breaking any traffic laws.

Eyeball Kid
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1 month ago
Reply to  fndrbndr

Re, “Depending on the officer it could have many outcomes” …
As it is likewise true that depending on the attitude and conduct of the driver, there could be many outcomes.

If one agrees with Captain Depee, that “Too many lives are lost to impaired and unlicensed drivers“, then how does one propose that LEO catch these individuals… after they have caused their mayhem?

fndrbndr
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1 month ago
Reply to  Eyeball Kid

The same way as they always do.

Country Joe
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1 month ago
Reply to  fndrbndr

Just be polite and all will end well…

fndrbndr
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1 month ago

California does not have a stop and identify statute. You do not have to relinquish your driver’s license unless being detained or arrested or investigated. You can only be detained or arrested or investigated if a crime has been committed. Ask them what am I being stopped for?

This is called fishing which is illegal.

North westCertain license plate out of thousands c
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North westCertain license plate out of thousands c
1 month ago
Reply to  fndrbndr

It’s holiday harassment plain and simple.
Any cop with morals would choose not to participate in this illegal action.

fndrbndr
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1 month ago

Buy a dry erase board. Ask and answer all questions with this. Do not roll down your window. They can’t force you to.

Observation
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Observation
1 month ago

Any person with morals would choose not to drive under the influence. No harassment involved. Get a life.

cranky old lady
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1 month ago
Reply to  fndrbndr

Just hold your license and proof of insurance up to the window. Thats legally sufficient and if the cop gives you shit about it, tell him it’s legal and to go back to cop school.

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
1 month ago

Sure, that’s really going to work. You first! For some reason, a segment of our society is bitter about laws and the enforcers of laws probably because of getting caught, hence they appear on COPS and Real Stories of the Highway Patrol. They only take the best actors! Platinum gold comedy, especially when they let the K9 off leash to do her job. Oh well. PS the drunkpoint location is identified on radio stations throughout Humboldt. It’s a no brainer….

cranky old lady
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1 month ago
Reply to  Al L Ivesmatr

The last time I was stopped at a checkpoint here in Fortuna a couple of years back, I did exactly that. I had been out of town for work and wasn’t aware they were doing a checkpoint. The cop looked at my stuff and asked me if I was okay. I said “Yes. Good night.” He hesitated a second then flagged me on. If he asked me if I had been drinking, I would’ve responded “Have you?”

No one has to take shit from cops. No one.

Guest__
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Guest__
1 month ago

you seem to have a hatred of cops, it is apparent on LoCo and also here.

fndrbndr
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1 month ago
Reply to  Al L Ivesmatr

A segment of our society is fine with handing away their rights, another is fine with trampling over them. I for one stand in the way of both.

moviedad
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moviedad
1 month ago

Uh………nope.
Ha!

I am a robot
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I am a robot
1 month ago

Doesn’t the location of checkpoints such as this have to be announced prior?
And another commenter has a good point about CA residents not being required to produce ID absent a violation.
I have experienced being asked to identify myself by a police while walking on my street. I told the officer I had a kettle boiling on my stove and walked away…f#ck the POlice

fndrbndr
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1 month ago
Reply to  I am a robot

They don’t have to give the exact location.

Farce
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Farce
1 month ago
Reply to  I am a robot

You can always see it from a distance and there is always an alternativr way to drive around. Of course the drunkest/stonedest and most compliant will drive right into the checkpoint…and they deserve it

I am a robot
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I am a robot
1 month ago

You do not have to show police your identification in California unless you are being lawfully detained or arrested. Unlike some other states, California does not have a “stop and identify” statute that makes it a crime to refuse to identify yourself.Jun 24, 2023

cranky old lady
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1 month ago
Reply to  I am a robot

That’s all you have to say is “Am I being detained?” If the answer is no, then wish the cop a good day and move on. If the answer is yes, then ask what you’re being detained for. Just saying it’s investigative isn’t a sufficient reason. But remain polite and insistent about your rights. Don’t give them any reasons.

moviedad
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moviedad
1 month ago

Give it a little time. We’re going to have lots of ‘police’ checkpoints.

THC
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THC
1 month ago
Reply to  I am a robot

That does not apply when you’re driving, if you’re stopped by a CHP officer while in a vehicle driving you have to show registration and identification.

fndrbndr
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1 month ago
Reply to  THC

You are wrong

Lost Croat OutburstD
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Lost Croat Outburst
1 month ago
Reply to  fndrbndr

You sure about that? Driving is a licensed privilege, not just a standard human entitlement. Coos want to see The Three: license, registration, insurance. Drive much? I’m not a lawyer and I lost my NORML card, but THC may be right.

Lost Croat OutburstD
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Lost Croat Outburst
1 month ago

I meant “cops”. How do I edit?

fndrbndr
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1 month ago

I’m trying to help, here’s how it goes.
California does not have a stop and identify statute.
If you are pulled over.
Ask nicely, why?
If the response is you broke a law, and there is ample proof, then you have to supply the necessary information.
If not, you ask to leave without supplying anything.
That’s the law.
Record everything, the police sometimes do not like when this happens.
Protect yourself out there.

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THC
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THC
1 month ago
Reply to  fndrbndr

That is not the law when you’re operating a motor vehicle, only when you’re walking on public streets..

THC
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THC
1 month ago
Reply to  fndrbndr

No I’m not. Vehicle Code § 12500(a) VC Anytime you’re stopped while driving you are required under law to provide a driver’s license and insurance information, in most states registration as well.

cranky old lady
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1 month ago

I’ll check back in for the location.

PenguinnD
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1 month ago

The answer to the question, “Are DUI Checkpoints Legal in California?” is, simply, yes. According to California’s Vehicle Code, “A driver of a motor vehicle shall stop and submit to a sobriety checkpoint inspection conducted by a law enforcement agency when signs and displays are posted requiring that stop.”

If you think you know more about the law than a cop, good luck with that.

fndrbndr
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1 month ago
Reply to  Penguinn

In my observation they know a good amount about law but very little of the constitution. The tactic in general is to use law to override your rights. Don’t fall for it, record everything.

William Shakespeare
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William Shakespeare
1 month ago

My dad use to say nothing good happens after dark.

Farce
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Farce
1 month ago

Your poor dad…

Lost Croat OutburstD
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Lost Croat Outburst
1 month ago
Reply to  Farce

Yeah, mom might have been a bit irritable, too. A little bit like the old Catholic Rhythm-and-Blues family planning strategy.

Lost Croat OutburstD
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Lost Croat Outburst
1 month ago

When were you conceived?

Eyeball Kid
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1 month ago

I am 100% in favor of these checkpoints. I have no objections to stopping and interacting with officers looking for impaired drivers.

THC
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THC
1 month ago
Reply to  Eyeball Kid

Do you support stop and frisk laws too?

Guest__
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Guest__
1 month ago
Reply to  THC

Do you drive impaired? Does your love of THC rule all and you drive stoned? As a toker myself, I dont partake and drive.

THC
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THC
1 month ago
Reply to  Guest__

That’s ignorant, my initials are THC.. No I don’t drive impaired And I shouldn’t be required to stop and prove that to anybody without probable cause.

Rachel
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Rachel
1 month ago
Reply to  Eyeball Kid

This opinion is the luxury of one who’s never had the infuriating experience of been harassed by police for no reason what so ever. Certain demographics love to loudly proclaim how certain they are cops are all good guys with good intentions. I mean, unless it’s anything that goes against their lord Donald Trump, then they’re quick to draw the line with their “respect” for law enforcement. Anyone who’s not white knows a respectful encounter with law enforcement is often few and far between.

THC
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THC
1 month ago
Reply to  Rachel

I’m a white male and I’ve had plenty of negative interaction with police officers. Even had a local sheriff draw his weapon on me because he thought I stole propane..

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Happy holidays
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Happy holidays
1 month ago

I partially support this, it is a conundrum, Im a drinker, I do believe in privacy, ones peorsable right as a American, I don’t believe in the invasion of our constitutional rights,I also don’t believe in defunding the police, but the laws the land amd chp owns the roads, sure you can say f off to a cop amd know your rights but see how far that takes you, if you ain’t hiding nothing make there job a lil easier. Much love everyone and be safe out there this new year

F. Hue
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F. Hue
1 month ago

Checkpoint will be in unincorporated area…it’s my understanding the location must be made public and must offer an alternative route to bypass otherwise it constitutes entrapment. I know checkpoints are listed daily, even in advance, in SoCal newspapers.

F. Hue
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F. Hue
1 month ago

Unincorporated areas:
Alton
Bayside
Blocksburg
Bracut
Brainard
Briceland
Bridgeville
Carlotta
Dinsmore
Elk River
Englewood
Fernbridge
Ft Seward
Freshwater
Fruitland Ridge
Glendale
Holmes
Honeydew
Johnsons
King Salmon
Kneeland
Korbel
Maple Creek
Metropolitan
Moonstone
Orleans
Patrick’s Point
Pepperwood
Petrolia
Pine Hill
Pt Kenyon
Rosewood
Shivley
Southfork
Stafford
Weitchpec
Westhaven
Whitethorn

Take your pick!

Ed Voice
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Ed Voice
1 month ago
Reply to  F. Hue

You forgot, i.e.
Cooks Valley
Benbow
Garberville
Redway
Shelter Cove
Dean Creek
Phillipsville
Miranda
Myers Flat
Weott
A good place would be below the MCC on Redwood Drive…

Kicking Bull
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Kicking Bull
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Voice

There was a small part of me which wanted to add to that list. Apparently it was not a large enough part to supersede my cooking. Thank you.

Still don’t see Harris…

This Is My Name
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This Is My Name
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Voice

You both forgot Ettersburg, Harris, and Gopherville!

Farce
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Farce
1 month ago

Everybody forgot….McKinleyville. I’d put my money on it being there….Big,easy, lots of drunks…

I am a robot
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I am a robot
1 month ago

Gopherville is Mendo

I am a robot
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I am a robot
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Voice

Alderpoint
Harris

moviedad
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moviedad
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Voice

Wait, did Willow Creek incorporate?

F. Hue
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F. Hue
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Voice

Garberville is incorporated, Benbow shares a zip code. Shelter Cove shares a zip code with Whitethorn and is technically considered Whitethorn, unincorporated . Redway shares a Zip code with Dean Creek, incorporated. Phillipsville/Miranda are incorporated. Myers Flat/Weott incorporated.

The Woman
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The Woman
1 month ago
Reply to  F. Hue

What about fields landing & Humboldt Hill. neither of them are Is incorporated or unincorporated according to the list.

Dogbiter
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Dogbiter
1 month ago

If the location and alternate routes have to be posted, why have DUI checkpoints? Is it that DUI drivers have the law on their side, even though they are breaking the law? I hope they publish how many drunks they caught.

ThrivalistD
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Thrivalist
1 month ago

I knew someone who was in the back yard of their apartment building not a threat to themselves or anyone else and due to LE in a bad mood that person was not tested and ASSumed to be intoxicated when in fact the video they pretended to loose for 6-8 months while they tried to force a plea deal on her was found she looked tired, elderly and maybe as if she had dementia. Meanwhile another person i Know, older male was driving drunk had friends stop him before so he should have known better for manny reasons and EPD let him watch tv for some hours and sent him home; if not for laws they’d likely have waved his penalties. The woman however was handcuffed without any sobriety test and because asked questions was confused about being handcuffed she was charged with resisting arrest and being intoxicated in public and was force encarcerated and force medicated…turned out later her condition was due to a prednisone reaction. I will never trust LE again due to so many videos, the EPD texts, and what I’ve seen them do to people on the streeets. Just a quick search provided this:
“Are Field Sobriety Tests Mandatory in California? NO! You are NOT required to complete any FSTs. The primary way an officer establishes reasonable suspicion of DUI once they have pulled you over is through smelling the odor of alcohol on your breath and or person.
Why do cops do field sobriety tests instead of breathalyzer?
While breathalyzers provide a quantitative measurement of blood alcohol concentration, field sobriety tests are used to assess a person’s physical and cognitive impairment. This can be important in cases where a person may be under the influence of substances other than alcohol.Jul 29, 2018”
Officers’ discretion is what this all really means.

ThrivalistD
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Thrivalist
1 month ago
Reply to  Thrivalist

Get it on camera or it didn’t happen.

Troy Johnson
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Troy Johnson
1 month ago

Just Comply. It’s a lot easier

fndrbndr
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1 month ago
Reply to  Troy Johnson

Good luck with that.

Michelle
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Michelle
1 month ago
Reply to  Troy Johnson

The problem with that is that “complying” is objective. Cops routinely claim “non compliance” and use it against people to jail them, beat their ass, or straight up kill them.

Anon
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Anon
1 month ago

Annually in the US there are more than 140,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use , making alcohol one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States, behind tobacco, poor diet etc.

And, every single day, about 37 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 39 minutes. In 2021, 13,384 people died in alcohol-impaired driving traffic deaths — a 14% increase from 2020.

Additionally, people who suffer from alcoholism are up to 120 times more likely to take their own life than those who are not dependent on alcohol. A full 29% of suicide victims in America were found with alcohol in their system!

I’m to the point I think alcohol should be only available with a prescription. Two drinks a week. It’s obviously dangerous and if a hokey checkpoint saves one life maybe it’s worth it?

But no. Our culture despises the protective authority of law enforcement and cheers on the loser drunks who ruin their lives, and their families and think it’s just fine climb behind the wheel all effed up.

Kay
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Kay
1 month ago

Cutten is unincorporated, too.

Goose
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Goose
1 month ago
Reply to  Kay

Will the checkpoint be a quarter mile up twin trees? Or, perhaps a mile out lighthouse road in petrolia? Half way between Alderpoint & Blocksburg?

Eyeball Kid
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1 month ago

Surprised no reports as to the location of the checkpoint.

Wizard of OddsD
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1 month ago
Reply to  Eyeball Kid

McKinleyville BMW dealership

Eyeball Kid
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1 month ago
Reply to  Wizard of Odds

TY for the info, Wiz.

Kym Kemp
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1 month ago
Reply to  Eyeball Kid

I believe it is in McKinleyville.

Eyeball Kid
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1 month ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

TY Kym