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August 27, 2010 > Milpitas Police to launch DUI checkpoint

Milpitas Police to launch DUI checkpoint

By Meenu Gupta

Statistics show that 32 percent of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involve a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or above, averaging one fatality every 45 minutes. Milpitas Police have partnered with Avoid the 13 DUI Campaign to launch intensive crackdown on impaired driving. "The problem of impaired driving is a serious one," said Sergeant Kevin Moscuzza, Milpitas PD. "While America witnessed a decline in the number of DUI fatalities in recent years, the numbers are still too high. That's why Milpitas Police Department is joining the Avoid the 13 - Santa Clara County DUI Task Force along with other law enforcement agencies throughout the country in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving." Funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, the Campaign runs till Monday, September 6. Popularly known by its tagline, "Drunk Driving Over the Limit. Under Arrest", the message is clear, Police will arrest everyone found driving over the limit.

Milpitas Police Department will conduct a DUI / Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday, August 28 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. in the area of Montague Expressway and Watson Court. In addition to the checkpoint, there will be several officers specifically assigned to DUI enforcement during the Avoid the 13 campaign.

"Because we care about the safety of our citizens, our message is simple and unwavering. If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Chief Dennis Graham of the Milpitas Police Department. "Even if you beat the odds and walk away from an impaired-driving crash, motorists should be aware that the financial and social consequences of a DUI can be devastating."

Violators will face jail time, loss of their driver's license, huge fines and may be sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time from work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
"Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. Just designate a sober driver. Don't take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you're under arrest," said Chief Graham.

For more information on local and statewide Avoid DUI Task Force Campaign Enforcement schedules and daily DUI Arrests, visit the www.californiaavoid.org.

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