The Murrieta Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers license checkpoint at an undisclosed location Friday night.
The checkpoint will take place between 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 and 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Murrieta police Sgt. Jim Gruwell stated in a news release.
Friday's checkpoint follows one held Friday, Aug. 16 on Clinton Keith Road at Murrieta Oaks Road East in Murrieta.
"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," Gruwell stated.
The sergeant pointed out that 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 and proper licensing, striving to "delay motorists only momentarily," according to the news release.
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, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, Gruwell stated.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings for every $1 spent, according to NHTSA.
Law enforcement agencies throughout California and the nation are stepping up DUI enforcement before and during the Labor Day holiday, from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2, as part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.