CHP plans sobriety checkpoint Friday

CHP plans sobriety checkpoint FridayThe California Highway Patrol’s Mojave Substation, which includes the Ridgecrest area, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday, Sept. 1, in an unincorporated area of Eastern Kern County.

“The sobriety checkpoint will be staffed by California Highway Patrol officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol- and/or drug-impaired drivers,” said CHP Public Information Officer Darlena Dotson.

“The officers will be equipped with state-of-the-art, handheld breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of drivers suspected of being under the influence.”

She said that the goal is to ensure the safety of motorists by targeting roads with high frequency of impaired drivers.

“Sadly, too many members of our community are needlessly injured and killed on our roads by impaired drivers.”

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The checkpoint will be operated from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Story First Published: 2017-09-01