The Napa County Avoid the 9 DUI Task Force will begin a special DUI enforcement campaign this weekend that will last through Labor Day.

Beginning Friday, law enforcement throughout the county will conduct extra patrols and hold sobriety checkpoints to catch impaired drivers, according to a news release from the Napa Police Department.

“On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America. But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,” Sgt. Paul Paniagua said.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” he said.

Driving drunk can cost violators jail time, loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, court costs, lost time at work and more, according to police.

The campaign is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety. It is funded through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Has anyone sent this notice to other local newspapers, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Mercury News, etc?
It's only fair to let the tourists know in advance. Maybe they will stay home, and the wineries,
restaurants, hotels, spas, retail stores in Napa County will see their sales slide downward.
If Napa County really cared about alcohol use it would work to have a more diversified economy.
Also, there are no taxi cab companies in certain cities like Calistoga and St. Helena.
In the end it is important to drink and drive responsibly, and, of course, drivers should not drive under the influence (whcih also includes drugs).


Maybe a new marketing slogan for Napa Valley: Come for vacation, leave on probation!


Title should be $$DUI Crackdown$$$. "We need the funds and we're afraid to raise taxes." They need to be more specific about where these roadblocks are going to be. The supreme court decision that allowed a "constitutional exception" for DUI still placed restrictions on these practices, and one requirement is that the police announce when and where the roadblock is going to be.
And to bluecollardoctor: the problem is that you are using too common sense here with those suggestions. You are assuming that they actually, truly concerned with stopping people from driving, when the truth is that they want people to "drive drunk" so that they can collect the revenue


Actually, per The Ingersoll decision, they are only required to notify us in advance that there will be a checkpoint - they are NOT required to tells us Where it will be. As for the suggestion that anyone actually wants drunk drivers out on the road endangering themselves and others for any reason, I'm sorry I don't have anything constructive to say. I'll work on that.


...yeah if they told them where they were going to get arrested, which they earned for sure, they'd just wreck somewhere else avoiding the sobriety check point.

There is no excuse for driving under the influence unless you’re the only driver and a life needed saving or other extreme situation, wine tasting comes up a little short.


You are partly correct. Let's leave aside the question of whether the courts have to the power to take away and or diminish rights that are explicitly guaranteed in the Constitution, what the Ingersol case said was that the time and location must be disclosed; they don't have to give an exact address but they do have have to tell us the general area the roadblock will be set up (and why it was chosen). And of course the date and time. I have noticed that sometimes they fulfill these requirements in California and sometimes they do not. The restrictions on these "checkpoints" (nice euphemism) are often very loosely followed by law enforcement in this state. Par for the course


As to your last 2 sentences, maybe you missed my point, so let me say it another way: The government very much appreciates it when you commit the statutory infraction of operating a motor vehicle with .08 (not drunk) prohibited alcohol concentration in your blood stream, because it provides a very, very nice flow of cash for cops, lawyers, court employees, and all others who work this system. The private entities who also profit so nicely from this horrendous "crime" of yours (the education centers, the insurance companies, the interlock companies, "non-profits", etc.) also extend their gratitude.


You have a good point. Just as Eisenhower referred to the Military Industrial Complex, I refer to the current situation as the Judicial Industrial Complex. Every DUI goes to enrich the lawyers, police departments, insurance companies, traffic schools etc who each get a piece of the $17K pie a DUI is supposed to cost.
For me to get a DUI, well that puts me in a bit of a sticky situation to say the least. That's why I throw those other options out there, especially that public transit is possible to and from nice drinking/dining establishments.


There needs to be more pressure to improve public transportation and cab service as this would do more to reduce drunk driving than increased enforcement. Specifically, bus usage would increase if they ran later on the weekends. Cab service needs to be more reliable and this could be achieved thru regulatory reform (more competition). Finally the driver services like "Designated Driver", "Be my DD", and others are worth considering. I personally like using public transportation for afternoon/early evening forays in to the Napa Valley for drinks purposes. With a little planning, it works out well, but I don't think (or observe) many people utilizing it.


Big 9 Question:
Beginning Friday, law enforcement throughout the county will conduct extra patrols and hold sobriety checkpoints to catch impaired drivers,................................................................ ...Is this around the time Wineries open their doors for the day Or will the police set up the DUI checks around Dinner time when the restaurants open.




Where do I find the monthly DUI
list and the weddings through this app I have?

Brian Kennedy
Brian Kennedy

The DUI database at only works on the web, for now. The software that I use to build it is not mobile-friendly yet.It looks like we are missing the "Announcements" section that should pop up if you go to the "More" tab in the bottom right of the app. I'll let the developers know. The way apps work this fix may take a while to show up.

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