posted by ginny on Dec 30
DUI Sobriety Checkpoints
There are a few checkpoints that have already been announced for the New Year ’s Eve celebration. These checkpoints are not the only checkpoints, there may be many more that have yet to be announced.
Tonight, 12-30-11, the City of Newark, CA has announced a checkpoint:
The Newark Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint at Thornton Avenue east of Newark Boulevard along with special DUI Roving Saturation Patrols during this New Year’s Holiday period.
DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint is set for today, from approximately 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday.
Roving DUI Saturation Patrols will be deploying December 29, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
On New Year’s Eve, the City and County of San Francisco will be holding a DUI checkpoint, located at 8th and Folsom streets, will start at 8:30 p.m. and continue well into 2012, ending at 3 a.m.
Eighth St. at Folsom St. is the location for Avoid the 8’s – New Year’s Eve checkpoint. It will begin at 8:30 p.m. and end around 3 a.m., said traffic Capt. Al Casciato of the San Francisco Police Dept., campaign coordinator.
The checkpoint will be staffed by officers from SFPD, the local area command of the California Highway Patrol, the U.S. Park Police and San Francisco State University police. “All of the police departments that serve this great city have banded together against the death, injury, expense and family harm that drunk or drugged drivers so often cause. We could not be more serious about getting these dangerous people off the road and making San Francisco safer,” Casciato remarked.
“San Francisco has an advantage over other cities in the Bay Area,” he stated. “We’re transit-friendly. Our cabs, limousines, buses, cable cars and trolleys will help people who’ve had too much to drink get home safely. The expense is tiny compared with a DUI arrest and conviction. That can cost many thousands of dollars. It will also appear on your record for 10 years, a red flag to any potential employer, including your current one.”
The 17-day crackdown has four days to go. Police have arrested 84 DUI suspects, up 29 per cent from 65 at this time last year. No one died in an alcohol-related crash during last year’s crackdown. No one is dead so far in this one.