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RPD schedules weekend sobriety checkpoint
2/8/2012 - RPD schedules weekend sobriety checkpoint
Redlands Police will conduct a grant-funded sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, through 4 a.m. Saturday, on eastbound Redlands Boulevard between Sixth and Ninth streets.
DUI checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Officers contact drivers passing through the checkpoints for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Grant-funded Drug Recognition Experts staff most of the checkpoints.
DUI checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sobriety checkpoint programs can yield considerable cost savings: $6 for every $1 spent.
In December 2009, 753 people were killed nationwide in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher. In California, 57 individuals died on the state’s streets and highways.
The Redlands Police Department recommends the following simple tips to avoid arrest for driving under the influence or, worse, being involved in a DUI collision:
- Plan a safe way home before you drink;
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home;
- If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
- Use a local sober ride program;
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement, Call 911; and
- If you think a friend or family member has had too much, they probably have. Help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.
The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and NHTSA, with the California Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity.
For statewide and local Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign Enforcement Schedules and Daily DUI Arrest/Fatal Stats, visit www.californiaavoid.org. The Program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety who reminds everyone to please – Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!