Anaheim Police Department, Raul Quezada, Chief of Police
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2015
Subject: DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned this Saturday
The Anaheim Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on March 28, at Cerritos Avenue and Euclid Street between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource for 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.
In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.Nationally, the latest data shows close to 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment while also checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only 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 drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
Individuals caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses which can exceed $10,000, not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Anaheim Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1.’
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