SJ Police to launch DUI checkpoint

December 31, 2008 12:25:52 PM PST
San Jose Police are gave an early warning Wednesday that a checkpoint will be set up to catch drunk drivers.

But, they are keeping the location a secret, hoping the threat of being stopped will keep the drunks off the road.

San Jose Police say they are ready to go and their DUI checkpoint will launch at 9 p.m. But, on the biggest party night of the year it may be the revelers that are missing.

It may not be much of a party New Years Eve night for those in San Jose's restaurant business.

"As you know, fine dining is down in general is down a little bit with the economy. People are celebrating more in their homes," said Adam Lawrence, the Mariott Hotel's Director of Restaurants.

Blame it on the recession. South Bay partygoers just cannot afford it. Many like Libu Philips are looking for cheaper options.

"Bar hopping, yes. Around here, it's the cheapest thing to do. Because everywhere else is $150, $200 to get in to party," he said.

About 100 people are set to ring in the New Year at the Mariott's Arcadia restaurant. The price tag per person is $95, but there is room for more.

"With the marketing that we're doing we're seeing probably about a 10 percent decrease from what we're used to seeing over previous years," said Lawrence.

While the New Years Eve scene may be quieter in San Jose, VTA will still offer free light rail and bus rides to partygoers. And, San Jose Police will launch a checkpoint to look for drunk drivers.

"If people are aware of the fact that there is going to be a checkpoint and that if you go through it you're subject to being detained, and if you're drinking and driving there's a good chance you're going to go to jail," said Enrique Garcia with the San Jose Police Department.

The DUI checkpoint will launch Wednesday night at 9 p.m. at an undisclosed location in the City of San Jose. Police say they really want it to be a safe night. They say if they do find you drinking and driving under the influence, you are going to jail.


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