CHP plans St. Patrick's Day checkpoint
by TP staff
Mar 14, 2013 | 2792 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tracy-area California Highway Patrol office is conducting a DUI checkpoint on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17.

The checkpoint will be conducted 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. near the intersection of 11th Street and Chrisman Road, according to CHP Spokesman Adam Shelton.

The reason behind the early hour for the checkpoint is due to the abundance of crashes related to drinking and driving that occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on a holiday weekend, he said.

“The weather is getting nicer and people are going to come out and drink and drive,” Shelton said. “We do get a lot of arrests on St. Patrick’s Day and it’s on a weekend (this year).”

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March 16, 2013
I know I harp on this, but a major gripe for me is the non-ticketing of the big trucks cruising at 60-65 mph down the highway in the left and center lanes instead of in the right two lanes.

Many residential streets in Tracy are still being used by drivers using excess speeds.... particularly from east to Tracy Blvd. The younger set just cannot stop exhibiting their car's power.
March 15, 2013
The CHP is taking this serious; they were out on 11th Street, West of Chrisman Rd. Thursday, afternoon. Four to five units were out making car stops and spreading the good-cheer early with tickets. The speed limit is posted 35 MPH and there were plenty of vehicles exceeding that coming into town. No pursuits were noticed during the ten to fifteen minutes of observation; most drivers were stopped within seconds of the red and blues coming on. There were a lot of brake lights coming on suddenly as well in hopes of avoiding the radar when drivers noticed the black and whites lined up along 11th Street. The CHP units were waiting like sharks on a feeding frenzy. It’s going to be interesting and obviously needed come Sunday.

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