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DUI/License Checkpoints This Weekend

Good morning, and happy Friday!

This morning, as we approach the Memorial Day Holiday, I’d like to let you know that the Redwood City Police Department will be conducting DUI/Drivers License checkpoints this weekend. This grant-funded checkpoint program is a measure designed to help ensure the public safety and reduce the incidence of drunken driving. There will be multiple checkpoints within the City limits, utilizing the police department’s mobile equipment. They’ll be starting at 6 pm on Saturday May 26, continuing until 2 am Sunday morning. Please read below – and have a safe, fun holiday weekend!

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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RCPD Conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint for this Weekend
Contact: Sgt Ashley Osborne 650-780-7654

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned for this Weekend

Redwood City, CA – The Redwood City Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on May 26, 2012 between the hours of 6 pm and 2 am. The checkpoint will be mobile and will move between four different locations within the city limits, operating for about an hour at each location. DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

This checkpoint is part of a series of checkpoints funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Previous checkpoints have been held to coincide with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season and future checkpoints will coincide with the Fourth of July, and Labor Day holidays, as well as other select dates. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. 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.

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. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

“Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Redwood City Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to designate a sober driver.

 

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