PIEDMONT -- Drivers heeded the warning of "Don't Drink and Drive," resulting in no arrests at the Piedmont-Oakland "Avoid the 21 Double DUI Checkpoint" held over Labor Day weekend.
Eight drivers were evaluated by police, two for sobriety and six for driver's license violations, Piedmont's interim police Chief Scott Wyatt said. Three citations for driving license violations were issued, with 556 vehicles screened at the checkpoint.
Wyatt said no vehicles were towed "as we were able to secure drivers with valid driver's licenses for vehicle removal from the checkpoint."
The checkpoint took place in the 1200 block of Grand Avenue, an area determined as having a high occurrence of DUI collisions and arrests, said Piedmont police Sgt. Robert Wells. It was run on both sides of the thoroughfare.
Wyatt said traffic flow during the checkpoint period was sparse and slow.
"Three outside agency officers left at approximately 2230 hours (10:30 p.m.), and the traffic flow was averaging 40 to 45 vehicles per hour. The decision was made to terminate the checkpoint at 0002 hours (12:02 a.m.) on Sept. 3."
Piedmont's checkpoint was to run from 7 p.m. Sunday to 2 a.m. Monday.
The Avoid the 21 events were staffed by officers from Fremont, Dublin, Livermore, Piedmont and Oakland. According to Jan Ford, a public information officer for Alameda County law enforcement, one police jurisdiction ran a DUI warrants sweep on Sunday, with officers
Wells said DUI checkpoints are a proven method to reduce the tragedies caused by impaired drivers. Checkpoints also ensure that drivers have a valid driver's license.
The California Office of Traffic Safety funds "Avoid the 21" through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.