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Berkeley, California (Friday, September 03, 2010) - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be holding another Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint on Friday, September 3, 2010. The checkpoint will be held at Telegraph Avenue and Stuart Street.  A team of officers will be at the site from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. This checkpoint is one of a series of DUI checkpoints BPD will hold in 2010. The program has been funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

BPD Motor Officer Jennifer Coats said, “DUI checkpoints are another one of the many endeavors that the Berkeley Police Department uses to improve the safety of our city and enhance the quality of life of the community.  DUI checkpoints are also a valuable tool in educating the community about the dangers of drunk driving. Checkpoints contribute to the ongoing fight to reduce impaired driving and fatality collisions involving drunk drivers.”

Alcohol Impaired Driving Fatalities (fatalities in crashes involving a least one driver or motorcycle operator with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater) decreased 9.1% from 1,132 in 2007 to 1,029 in 2008. California’s alcohol-impaired driving fatality rate dropped from 0.34 in 2007 to 0.31 in 2008. California Statewide DUI arrests increased 5.4% from 203,866 in 2007 to 214,811 in 2008. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, this number represents the most DUI arrests since 1993.

During the checkpoint, if officers find drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, those drivers will be arrested. BPD’s goal is to continue to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs:
Drunk Driving.  Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

           BPD also urges the community to help keep our roadways safe by calling 9-1-1 
               or (510) 981-5911 from your cell phone to report suspected impaired drivers.



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