Memorial Day DUI checkpoints planned

Memorial Day DUI checkpoint news:

The Memorial Day weekend will conduct a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint beginning at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, through 3:00 a.m. Sunday in the northbound lane of Orange Street just south of Pearl Avenue.   A significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred in this area.

nodui11.jpgOfficers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid driver’s license. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested, and unlicensed drivers may be cited and their vehicles may
be impounded.

The Redlands Police Department will also participate in the Avoid the 25 DUI Saturation Patrols this Memorial Day Weekend.  Specifically, between 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30, and 3:00 a.m. Monday, May 31.

The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers and hit and run collisions related to unlicensed drivers or those with suspended licenses.  The checkpoint will serve as a reminder
to use designated drivers and not drink and drive.

It is the Redlands Police Department’s goal to continue providing public awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving, and the laws concerning driving without a driver’s license.  Motorists approaching a checkpoint will see traffic signs,
information, and police officers advising that a checkpoint is ahead.  Once diverted into a lane, motorists will be delayed a moment while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.

Funding for this checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Filed under Headline, Neighborhood, News A3

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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