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Benicia Police Department
Wednesday December 26th, 2012 :: 11:13 a.m. PST
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Benicia PD to conduct DUI/DL Checkpoint in Benicia on December 28th.

BENICIA POLICE TO HOST DUI/DRIVERS LICENSE CHECKPOINT

Benicia Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 28, 2012, between the hours of 7:00 pm and 1:00 am. The Checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location near downtown Benicia.

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 an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-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 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past two years, DUI collisions have resulted in 29 injury crashes harming 6 of our friends and neighbors,” said Lt. Frank Hartig of the Benicia Police Department.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, 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, Benicia needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Benicia Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

This press release was previously sent on December 14, 2012.

For information regarding this press release, please contact Lt. Frank Hartig at fhartig@ci.benicia.ca.us or by calling (707) 746-4259.

Address/Location
Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-745-3411

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