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Berkeley, California (Wednesday, June 21, 2017) - The Berkeley Police DepartmentTraffic Bureau will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint this Friday, June23, 2017, on Alcatraz Avenue and Adeline Street, westbound traffic, between thehours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. 

The deterrent effect of HighVisibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrolshas proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drugimpaired crashes.  Research shows thatcrashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent whenwell-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely. 

DUI Checkpoints like this one areplaced in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests,affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged drivingdeterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officersand the public.   

InCalifornia, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a soberdriver.  Over the course of the pastthree years, Berkeley PD has investigated 219 DUI collisions which haveresulted in 91 injuries.

Officers will be looking for signs ofalcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for properlicensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluatethose suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing numberof impaired driving crashes.  

Studies of California drivers haveshown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs intheir systems.  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.  

Drivers are encouraged to downloadthe Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android oriPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearbybars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated soberdriver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social mediatie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

Drivers caught driving impaired canexpect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUIclasses, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not tomention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided tothe Berkeley Police Department by a grant from the

California Office of Traffic Safety, through theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘ReportDrunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’. 



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