Irvine Police Department Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE: 03-12-15
Contact : Farrah Emami, Public Information Officer, 949-724-7112, FEmami@cityofirvine.org
IRVINE, CA – The Irvine Police Department (IPD) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint as part of the department’s continued commitment to reducing injury and deaths and raising awareness about the dangers caused by alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. The checkpoint will be conducted tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2015, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the area of MacArthur Boulevard between Campus Drive and Douglas.
This checkpoint is the fifth in a series of 10, to be conducted through September 2015, with grant funding awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The checkpoint will be clearly marked and vehicles will be selected for further screening on a pre-set basis to ensure objectivity. Motorists will be greeted and given information about impaired driving. Driver’s licenses will be checked and trained officers will direct suspected impaired drivers to a secondary area for further evaluation. Most motorists will experience little or no delay.
NHTSA research has shown that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunken driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. IPD publicizes these highly-visible sobriety checkpoints to deter impaired drivers, encourage the use of sober designated drivers, and bring increased awareness to the consequences of impaired driving.
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