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July 2, 2010 > Fremont Police department targets impaired drivers

Fremont Police department targets impaired drivers

Submitted By Chris Mazzone, Fremont PD

Fremont Police Department will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI) and Driver's License checkpoint on Saturday, July 3 from 8 p.m. to approximately 11:30 p.m. at Alvarado Boulevard between Falcon Drive and Merganser Drive. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.

This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers. The checkpoint helps to educate the public by distributing informational pamphlets and to let the public know that the police are out in force to protect them from these dangerous drivers. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal.

By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the Fremont Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from impaired driving. Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked. Drivers who are found to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested per California Vehicle Code 23152. "Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs. A conviction for DUI will result in a suspension of driving privileges, fines, and possibly jail time," said Sgt. Chris Mazzone.

Fremont Police reminds all drivers to act responsibly and to report all suspected drunk drivers. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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