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December 30, 2011 > DUI/Drivers license checkpoint and roving DUI patrols planned

DUI/Drivers license checkpoint and roving DUI patrols planned

Submitted By Sgt. Jonathan Arguello, Newark PD

Newark Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint at Thornton Avenue east of Newark Boulevard along with special DUI Roving Saturation Patrols during this New Year's Holiday period.

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint is set for December 29 from approximately 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. December 30.

Roving DUI Saturation Patrols will be deploying December 29, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades; DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009.

Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths in 2009 caused by an impaired driver. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serves as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

These enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911!

Newark PD reminds everyone that they can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking, sober driver. A DUI arrest costs upwards of $10,000, time in jail, the loss of your driver's license and insurance rates that will skyrocket!

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