Checkpoints are Cost-Effective Deterrents to DUI

DUI/Drivers License checkpoints have been shown to lower DUI deaths and injuries. A major component of these checkpoints are the deterrent effects it has on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, bringing about more awareness and encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers. 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. Ninety Percent of California drivers approve of checkpoints. As a result of this information many local law enforcement agencies are implementing  DUI checkpoints in an effort to reduce and deter DUI driving.  Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. As an example,  the San Bernardino Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on 10-24-14, in the 400 block of E. 9th Street in San Bernardino between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.  During this checkpoint there were:
  • 307 Vehicles Screened
  • 6 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested
  • 2 arrests for warrants
  • 14 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
  • 13 Citations issued for non-DUI charges
  • 18 Vehicles impounded
San Bernardino PD will be conducting another DUI saturation patrol on Friday, November 14th, 2014 in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.  The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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