SSFPD Media Release: DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend

South San Francisco, CA   August 24, 2017 Submitted by SSFPD

South San Francisco, CA – The South San Francisco Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday August 26th at an undisclosed location  within  the city limits during  the evening hours.

 

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired  driving crashes.  The South San Francisco Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all  drivers that “DUI  Doesn’t Just Mean  Booze.”  If  you  take prescription drugs, particularly  those with a driving or operating machinery  warning on  the label,  you might be impaired  enough  to get a DUI.   Marijuana  can also be impairing,  especially  in combination with alcohol  or other drugs, and  can result in a DUI.

 

The deterrent effect of High Visibility  Enforcement  using both DUI checkpoints  and  DUI Saturation  Patrols has  proven  to lower the number  of persons  killed  and  injured  in alcohol  or drug impaired crashes.  Research  shows that crashes involving  an impaired  driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent  when  well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted   routinely.

 

DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations  based  on collision  statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged  driving deterrence.  Locations are chosen  with safety considerations for the officers  and  the public.

 

In California,  alcohol  involved  collisions  led  to 1,155 deaths and  nearly 24,000  serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Over the course of the past three  years, South San Francisco PD officers have investigated almost 200 DUI collisions which have claimed  two lives and resulted  in another 64 injuries.

 

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts  for a growing  number  of impaired driving crashes.

 

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

 

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees,  DUI  classes,  license suspensions  and  other  expenses  that can exceed  $10,000  not  to mention  the embarrassment  when friends and family find  out.

 

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the South San Francisco Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1 ‘.

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