For Immediate Release 12/22/11
Contact: Sgt. Dana Cornelison / 831.758.7975 / DanaC@ci.salinas.ca.us
DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Weekend
Salinas, CA – The Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, December 23rd at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 5:30 pm and 1:00 am. 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.
Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will 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 911.”
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Salinas 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.
MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Salinas Police Department’s Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Sgt. Dana Cornelison at 831.758.7975 or via email at DanaC@ci.salinas.ca.us. To schedule an interview regarding impaired driving efforts and programs in California please contact Chris Cochran, California Office of Traffic Safety at (916) 509-3063 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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