SSFPD Media Release: SSFPD DUI Checkpoint Nets Multiple Arrests

South San Francisco, CA   August 27, 2017  Submitted by SSFPD

DUI Checkpoint  Nets Multiple Arrests

South San Francisco, CA – The South San Francisco Police Department Traffic Unit conducted  a DUI and Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday August 26th on South Spruce Avenue at Myrtle Avenue.   Checkpoints  are placed  in locations  that have the greatest  opportunity  for achieving drunk  and drugged  driving deterrence  and  provide the greatest safety for officers and  the public.


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.


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.


During the checkpoint, two drivers were arrested for failure to have a court-ordered DUI ignition interlock  device installed  on their  cars.   One driver  was arrested  for driving  under  the influence of alcohol. One driver  was  arrested  for an outstanding $25,000 warrant  for driving with a suspended  license.   Four  drivers  were  issued  citations  for  driving  with  suspended  driver’s licenses and their vehicles were towed and impounded. Twelve drivers were issued citations for driving without  a driver’s license.


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 suspension and other expenses that can exceed  $10,000  not to mention the embarrassment  when  friends and family find  out.


The South San Francisco Police Department will be conducting additional DUI and Drivers License Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols this year and next year in our ongoing commitment to lowering deaths and injuries upon our streets and highways.


The checkpoint was funded 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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