The Avoid the 12 DUI Taskforce will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at an undisclosed location in Turlock between the hours of 8:00pm to 2:00am.
This is part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to our community of the dangers of impaired driving.
“950 drivers were screened at the checkpoint with no DUI’s, but lots of designated drivers,” Turlock Police Sergeant Nino Amirfar said, referring to the July 15th DUI/Drivers License checkpoint. “Saturation Patrols arrested 3 DUI drivers over the weekend.”
Multiple vehicles were towed away at the checkpoint, due in part to drivers that had suspended or no licenses.
Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths being caused by a drunk driver. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower this totally preventable crime. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver’s license, since unlicensed drivers are over-represented in fatal crashes.
Turlock Police state that their objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs; if the Police catch someone driving buzzed, drunk or impaired by drugs, they will go to jail. Police want to encourage everyone to help keep the roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.
"We want to ensure that motorists in Turlock are driving safe and sober," said Sgt Neil Cervenka, Turlock Police Traffic Safety Unit Supervisor. "The Stanislaus County Fair brings a lot of people into town. The AVOID the 12 coalition wants them to enjoy the fair, travelling to and from it safely and with peace of mind."
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.