California Highway Patrol and Modesto Police Department officers will be out tonight looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The Modesto-area office of the California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m., somewhere within Stanislaus County.
Officers will observe drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. They also will check for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Those caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Also tonight, officers from MPD’s DUI Enforcement Team will deploy a saturation patrol between 10 p.m. and 3:30 a.m. in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.
On Saturday night, a multiagency DUI task force will be deployed in Modesto because of X-Fest downtown. And Sunday night, extra DUI saturation patrols will be deployed in Modesto, Ceres, Oakdale and Turlock.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of people killed and injured in alcohol- or drug-involved crashes, the CHP reports. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. In California that year, DUIs led to 774 deaths.
“California’s roadways are very much safer today than they were just a few years ago,” said Modesto police Sgt. Craig Breckenridge in a news release. “The Modesto Police Department will be keeping the pressure on through enforcement and public awareness so that we can continue saving lives and prevent injuries.”