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Press Contact: Byron White, Berkeley Police Department, (510) 981-5780

DUI CHECKPOINT IN BERKELEY

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 19, 2016) - Berkeley, CA –The Berkeley Police Department Motor Unit will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpointon Friday, May 20, 2016, on Telegraph Avenue at Stuart Street, southboundtraffic, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resourcein reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involvedcrashes.  Research shows that crashesinvolving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent whenwell-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conductedroutinely. DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collisionstatistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity forachieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen withsafety considerations for the officers and the public.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000were killed by an impaired driver. Since January 1, 2012, collisions wherealcohol was a factor claimed four lives in the City of Berkeley. In 2014,nineteen people were injured in Berkeley in collisions where DUI was a factor.

During the checkpoint, officers will momentarily delaymotorists to look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and check driversfor proper licensing.  When possible,specially trained officers will evaluate those suspected of drug-impaireddriving—drug-impaired driving now accounts for a growing number of impaireddriving crashes. 

Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) statistics reveal that 30percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in theirsystems.  A study of active driversshowed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) thandid for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of thedrugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more thanalcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whetherprescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol cangreatly intensify the impairment affects. 

LawEnforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving remindingeveryone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driveror call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. TheCalifornia Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app isnow available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year,the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” withtheir current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area ora “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughoutCalifornia. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebratetheir life saving role.  They can stayup-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying viaits social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but alsomake it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber,Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of aDUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses thatcan exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and familyfind out.

Funding for this checkpoint isprovided to Berkeley Police Department by a grant from the California Office ofTraffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, remindingeveryone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

 

For Immediate Release:                                                     Thursday,May 19, 2016                  

Contact: Sergeant Emily Murphy, S28 (510) 981-5982

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