Posted on September 28, 2004

Oakland Halts DUI Checkpoints After Hispanic Leaders Complain

KESQ NewsChannel 3 (Palm Springs), Sep. 27

OAKLAND, Calif. The Oakland Police Department has halted its use of D-U-I checkpoints after the city’s Hispanic leaders complained that the roadblocks were ensnaring too many illegal immigrants.

D-U-I checkpoints allow police officers to demand drivers’ licenses and proof of insurance. City leaders agree the roadblocks are an effective way to get drunken drivers off the streets.

But Hispanic community leaders and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente complained that the checkpoints were making life miserable for illegal immigrants who aren’t licensed to drive but otherwise obey the law.

Police Chief Richard Word has ordered a month-long moratorium on the checkpoints while the department drafts new guidelines.

But City Councilmember Larry Reid says stopping the D-U-I checkpoints threatens public safety.