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Press Contact: Emily Murphy, Sergeant/Traffic Bureau, (510) 981-5980

BPD: ON THE LOOKOUT FOR IMPAIRED DRIVERS
DUI/License Checkpoint Scheduled for 8/19/2016

Berkeley, California (Thursday, August 18, 2016) - The Berkeley Police Traffic Bureau will conduct a Driving Under the Influence (DUI)/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, August 19, 2016.  It will be held on Cedar at San Pablo Avenues (in westbound traffic) between the hours of 8:00pm and 3:00am.  This stop location was selected based on collision statistics and the frequency of DUI arrests made in the area.  It was also selected with an eye towards the safety of the public and that of the officers involved.

While stopped at the checkpoint, officers will briefly contact motorists to look for signs of impairment and check drivers for proper licensing.  When possible, specially trained officers will evaluate those suspected of drug impaired driving--drug impaired driving now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.

DUI checkpoints are a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, drug and alcohol related crashes resulted in 867 deaths over and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 people were killed by impaired drivers.  Since January 1, 2012, collisions where alcohol was a factor claimed four lives in the City of Berkeley.  In 2014, nineteen people were injured in Berkeley in collisions where driving under the influence was a factor.

BPD emphasizes the preventable nature of this crime. All that is required is a little bit of preplanning.  Designate a sober driver or a call a cab.  The California Office of Traffic Safety Designated Driver VIP (DDVIP) and mobile app is now available free of charge to download on iOS and Android devices.  Users will be offered free incentives at participating establishments to celebrate their life saving role.  Also available through the app is the ability to order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft, or Curb - all from one screen.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Drivers by calling 9-1-1. 

 

 

 

 

 

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