California Highway Patrol in Modesto Area planned a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint somewhere within the unincorporated area of Stanislaus County.
The purpose of the checkpoint is to help reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
Officers checked drivers for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. They also check drivers for proper licensing and 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.
According to statistics, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2011. This involve at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.
DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.
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