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RPD sobriety checkpoints planned for holiday weekend


8/30/2011 - RPD sobriety checkpoints planned for holiday weekend


Redlands Police will continue along with nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving through Sept. 5, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Two DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints are scheduled from 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, through 3 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, in the southbound lanes of Cajon Street, south of Cypress Avenue and beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, through 3 a.m. Saturday in the westbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard west of Eureka Street.

Three people were arrested for driving under the influence during a sobriety checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Citrus Avenue Friday, Aug. 26. Another was arrested on a felony warrant. Three people were cited for driving without a license and another for driving on a suspended license. A total of 150 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, two people were arrested for driving under the influence and two cited for driving without a license during a sobriety checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Tennessee Street. A total of 229 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. One person was arrested for driving under the influence during a targeted patrol Monday, Aug. 29.

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,” said Redlands Police Sgt Rick Smith.

The San Bernardino County Avoid the 25 Task Force will also deploy DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols during the 18-day Summer/Labor Day Campaign. Redlands PD will conduct five DUI checkpoints and two DUI Saturation Patrols during the that period. 

“Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Sgt Smith. “Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”

According to Redlands PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by NHTSA with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity. For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

For statewide and local Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign Enforcement Schedules and Daily DUI Arrest/Fatal Stats, visit the www.californiaavoid.org.  The Program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety who reminds everyone to please – Report Drunk Driving – Call 9-1-1!

 



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