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August 20, 2010 > DUI Checkpoint in Fremont today

DUI Checkpoint in Fremont today

By Meenu Gupta

Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or other drugs will be arrested, and unlicensed drivers may be cited and have their vehicles towed today at Decoto Road. Fremont Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint to continue successful efforts of arresting drunk drivers, lowering deaths and injuries, and educating the public about the dangers of impaired driving. The checkpoint will be today from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Decoto Road near the intersection with Brookmill Road, where a significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid driver's license.

"DUI arrests can be embarrassing and expensive, but they're easy to prevent," said Traffic Lieutenant Mark Riggs. "If you're drinking, hand your keys over to a designated sober driver, or call a taxi or sober friend for a ride home. Don't risk an arrest ---or worse, a serious injury or even death."

"Our message is simple: if we catch you drunk, you will be arrested," said Detective Bill Veteran, Fremont PD. "It is our goal to continue providing public awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving, and the laws concerning driving without a driver's license." Motorists approaching a checkpoint will observe traffic signs, information and police officers advising that a checkpoint is ahead. Once diverted into a lane, motorists will be delayed a moment while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.

Fremont Police Department also conducted a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint over the Memorial Day holiday weekend on Niles Boulevard near the intersection of Linda Drive. Funding for this checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers by calling 911 to help make streets safer.

The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers and hit-and-run collisions. The checkpoint serves as a reminder to use designated drivers and not drink and drive. For more information please contact
Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

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