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DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

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Alhambra , CA United States

Alhambra, CA – Alhambra Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, June 22, 2018, at Fremont Avenue and Orange Street between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 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.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety 2014 Annual Performance Report, there were 1,155 alcohol impaired driving fatalities and nearly 24,000 serious injuries due to someone failed to designate a sober driver.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment while simultaneously checking drivers for proper licensing. These checks may delay motorists momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drug-impaired 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, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Alhambra Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1’.

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