DUI checkpoint planned for Sunday

STOCKTON – The Stockton Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Sunday at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 4 p.m. and 12 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 23 lives and resulted in 291 injury crashes harming 407 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Kevin Smith of the Stockton Police Department.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Stockton Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reminds everyone to call 911 to report a drunk driver.

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Be a saint. Drive sober.

The Stockton Police Department issued the following press release regarding its St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement mission:

Be a Saint. Drive Sober.

St. Patrick’s Day is One of the Deadliest Days of the Year Because of Drunk Driving

Stockton, Ca—St. Patrick’s Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. So whether you’re buzzed or drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t matter. NHTSA wants to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

The Avoid the 10 – San Joaquin County DUI Task Force will be deploying 5 roving DUI patrols this St. Patrick’s Day in several communities throughout the area looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. These DUI patrols are, in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tell-tale signs of an impaired driver behind the wheel.

In 2013, there were 31 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day. All in all, during the St. Patty’s Day period from 2009 to 2013, there have been 276 drunk-driving fatalities. Every one of those lives was lost because of bad decisions. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States, with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. And we’re not just talking about a little bit too much to drink here; from 2009 to 2013, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day involved drivers who were twice the legal limit.

The Stockton Police Department offered this advice to partygoers: “Get ahead of the decision this year. If you know you’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol, then figure out a plan ahead of time for how you’ll get home. Don’t wait until you’re too buzzed to decide, and don’t let your friends drive drunk.” Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, so if you have anything to drink, count on a sober friend, taxi or public transportation to drive you home safely. Not drinking? Maybe this St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll be the saint who drives your friends sober.

Let’s make 2015 different. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick’s Day.

• DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.

• NOW: Even if you don’t have plans yet, plan to drive sober or designate someone else to. Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan.

• WHEN YOU MAKE PLANS: A sober driver is an essential part of any party plan. Once you know where you’ll celebrate, decide whether you’re drinking or driving.

• ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you’re the designated driver, don’t drink. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and brag about your VIP (very important partygoer) status online using the hashtag #designateddriver. Only drive sober or ride with a sober driver.

• EVERY DAY: If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely. If available, use your community’s free ride program. If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements.

• DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL= CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

Avoid the 10 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1.’ Stay connected with OTS via: http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS, http://twitter.com/#!/OTS_CA, www.ots.ca.gov.

The Avoid the 10 DUI Coalition’s next task force operation is set for Cinco de Mayo.

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DUI Enforcement Operations Planned Tuesday

Stockton — Officers from the Stockton Police Department’s DUI Enforcement Team will be deploying Tuesday night to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign. DUI saturation patrols will deploy on Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 between the hours of 4 PM and midnight in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

“We want people to make it to their destinations safely” said Sgt. Matthew Garlick of the Stockton Police Department. “This is a ‘Zero Tolerance’ crackdown so Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”

After falling dramatically for five straight years, figures for 2012 show an increase to 802 deaths statewide because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 22 lives and resulted in 277 injury crashes harming 390 of our friends and neighbors in Stockton.

DUI can impact the economy in addition to the pain and suffering of those immediately affected. Conservatively, a fatality has a $1.4 million impact, an injury $70,000, and a crash that only damages property averages nearly $9000.

Funding for this program is from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911!

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Missing person update

Edward Johnson, 79, has been found safe. His friends just brought him to the police department, authorities said.

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Man caught trying to steal $4.10 from vehicles at fire station


On November 6, 2014, at 2:47 am, the suspect climbed a fence at the fire department in the 100 block of W. Sonora Street and stole cash from two personal vehicles totaling $4.10. Personnel detained the subject until police arrived. Arrested was Dwayne Butler, a 23 year old man, for possession of stolen property, petty theft, and trespassing.

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Woman who died on Highway 26 Saturday identified

The Record

RANCHO CALAVERAS — The Calaveras County Coroner’s Office identified a 24-year-old Valley Springs woman who died Saturday morning on Highway 26 as Alicia Duncan of Valley Springs.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Duncan, for unknown reasons, came out of a pickup while it was traveling at an undetermined speed along Highway 26 just west of Heinemann Drive in the Rancho Calaveras area about 2:10 a.m. Saturday.

Duncan was a passenger in a 2011 Chevrolet pickup driven by Richard Adams, 36, of Valley Springs. The impact of hitting the ground caused her to suffer fatal injuries, according to the CHP.

Adams was determined by responding officers to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, the CHP reported.

Anyone with information on this incident is being asked to contact the San Andreas CHP office at (209) 754-3541.


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Stockton PD is hiring

The Stockton Police Department is hiring. Interested? Visit joinspd.com. ?type=1&theater

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Stockton PD names Chaplain of the Year

Jesse Kenyon named Stockton Police Department Chaplain of the Year. uKLdzmHxC

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Stockton PD advises taking photos or video of your belongings in case of burglary


To protect the value of your possessions, take the time to compile a meticulous inventory that will provide all you need to file an insurance claim in case of a loss or a burglary report to law enforcement.

Digital technology makes it easy!!!!!

Preparing an inventory before a disaster occurs can provide a more thorough list, as well as more precise values. It will also simplify the task of meeting insurance requirements during a time when you may be stressed. The key to being organized is having a system that is easy to create and maintain. Digital tools such as camera can simplify the process and make additions or changes easy to input during periodic updates. Digital files are easy to access, move and store.

To begin your inventory, select a method to list your belongings. For ease, you can use free home inventory software, which may be offered by your insurance company or an online app. Other options include a purchased program or creating your own spreadsheet that has columns to record the following:

• Item name, description and condition
• Number of items (e.g. 12 pewter forks)
• Model and serial number, if applicable
• Purchase information: where and when you bought it, how much you paid, an estimate of its current value and a column to indicate if you have the receipt (which can also be scanned into a digital file)
• Photo data, such as a file name or number or how it is tagged in your photo files

Check with your insurance company to see if they offer advice about documenting your belongings. Many offer inventory spreadsheets and storage capabilities so your file will not be lost in a home disaster (more about storage is below).

Taking better photos for inventory purposes!!!!

Next you will need to photograph or create videos of your belongings. Use your inventory to guide the qualities you want to emphasize in the photos, such as brands or quantities. Neaten and de-clutter the areas you will photograph so the item stands out clearly. Here are some tips to get photos or a video that will support your inventory:

• Go room by room. Photograph each room (using a flash) by standing in each corner and photographing the area across from you. This will show all the large items in the room.
• Photograph everything. Take individual photos of the small items in each room; these items add up when you have to replace them.
• Open cabinets, drawers and closets. Get close-up photos of these areas for an overview of the items they contain.
• Photograph high value items separately.

Detailed photos can help assess the value of an item. Here are a few tips:

* Set the item near the natural light coming in a window on a background that enhances the item’s details.
* Try a light or dark tablecloth to see what works for each item.
* Photograph all sides to show condition and include brand names. If the item has an identifying mark, zoom in to capture it.
* For serial numbers, write the number on an index card and prop it next to the item before you photograph it.
* Photograph the outside of the house. Shoot every side of the home and include landscaping.
* Don’t forget the garage. Photograph the garage, then separate out large items (like lawnmowers) from the clutter to photograph them individually.
* Narrate video to provide details. Partner with a narrator who can add details while you are zooming in to highlight specific qualities of items. It may help to make notes ahead of time about what details to include in your narration.

Once you have a good digital inventory, you can easily insert data when you acquire a valuable item or delete items you no longer own. Be sure to review your inventory at least once a year.

Store it in a safe place!!!!

If you store your inventory at home, you run the risk of losing it if you experience a home disaster or burglary, so it is important to store a copy in a safe place. This might be in a bank safe deposit box, or you might consider giving a copy to a relative to store. Your insurance company may provide a way for you to store an inventory electronically or you can use an online service or app. Whichever storage methods you choose, you will have to remember to update all versions when you add or delete valuable items from your inventory. By creating and updating a home inventory, you’ll be able to document the value of your belongings. You’ll also make the task of insurance paperwork much easier to face should you experience a disaster.

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Stockton PD shares Halloween safety tips


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