RPD plans checkpoints

The Ridgecrest Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Dec. 22, at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

“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,” said RPD Sgt. Mike Myers. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Motorists caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance in-creases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2010 more than 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving impaired drivers. California accounted for 791 of those deaths.

The checkpoint is funded through a California Office of Traffic Safety grant.

Story First Published: 2012-12-19