Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Heather Graves, (209) 652-0514
Release Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 9:00:00 AM

DUI/Driver License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend


NEWS RELEASE

Release Date: March 12, 2014 

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations Unit  

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Author: Heather Graves

  

Modesto, CA - Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Friday, March 14, 2014 and Saturday, March 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 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 alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

 

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.  Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

 

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 4 lives and resulted in 159 injury crashes harming 230 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Breckenridge

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.  Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

 

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, The City of Modesto needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

 

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Modesto Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.  If you see a drunk driver – Call 9-1-1.

 

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