SHERIFF-CORONER DEPARTMENT, COUNTY OF ORANGE, CALIFORNIA
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:Gail Krause, (714) 623-8940
DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint in Mission Viejo
MISSION VIEJO, CA – (April 25, 2013) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, April 26, 2013 in the City of Mission Viejo from6:00 pm to 2:00 am.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by anaverage of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
Deputies will be stopping drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists onlymomentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected ofdrug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationwide in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California, thisdeadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided themost effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yieldingconsiderable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUIarrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.“But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Orange County needs thehigh visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”
Funding for this checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.
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