Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Statewide California DUI Checkpoint Alert & Drunk Driving Roadblock Update

California DUI checkpoints report The Pasadena Police Department will be conducting a DUI saturation enforcement program on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. in order to enhance safety in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day festivities. This enforcement detail will be deployed throughout the City of Pasadena and will concentrate on those areas that have a history of celebrated drinking in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day. People who choose to celebrate the day by drinking should plan to have designated drivers or plans for alternative transportation.

“This program is an effective tool for achieving the Pasadena Police Department’s goal of reducing the number of traffic collisions or deaths resulting from drunk driving,” says Chief of Police Bernard Melekian. “The funding we, and other cities like us, receive allows us to effectively run these operation and educate the public regarding driving under the influence.”

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

California Highway Patrol officers will be looking for impaired drivers on St. Patrick's Day, CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a news released issued by the department.

"We want people to enjoy themselves and have a good time, but safety on the roadways is everyone's responsibility," Farrow said. "If you are going to be drinking make sure you have a designated driver who will not be consuming alcohol to get you home safely," he said.

According to the CHP, the number of people killed in alcohol-involved statewide collisions in California has risen from 1,233 in 2000 to 1,489 in 2007. On St. Patrick's Day last year 50 people were injured in 110 alcohol-involved collisions statewide.

The Coachella Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint from 7 p.m. Friday through 2 a.m. Saturday.

"In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving," police said in a news release.

Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.

"Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest," the news release said.

CHP and police encourage the public to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

California Highway Patrol officers will be on the lookout for Sacramento drivers who pound too many green beers while celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday.

Officers will hold a sobriety checkpoint from 11 p.m. Tuesday to 3:15 a.m. Wednesday in the unincorporated area of northern Sacramento County, a CHP news release states.

The checkpoint will be canceled for safety reasons if it rains, and officers instead will be assigned to roving drunken driving units, the release states.

Officers at the checkpoint will be equipped with hand-held breath-testing devices. Officers who staff the checkpoint are trained in detecting alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers.

CHP drug recognition experts, who are certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also will be on site to provide assessments of drivers suspected of drug use, the release states.

In Citrus Heights, additional police officers have been assigned to bolster traffic enforcement, targeting potential drunk drivers throughout that city.

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