DUI checkpoint is Friday

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits this Friday, Aug. 30, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

In California, this deadly crime has led to hundreds of deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

Alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still made up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2010, with 29 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver.

“A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers,” said Sgt. Mike Myers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have valid drivers’ licenses. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

The Ridgecrest Police remind everyone that they can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a sober driver.

A DUI and/or drug-impaired arrest can cost up to $10,000 or even more, including time in jail, the loss of your driver’s license and high insurance rates.

These enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe.

Report drunk drivers—call 911!

Story First Published: 2013-08-28