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December 21, 2010 > Holiday DUI Crackdown

Holiday DUI Crackdown

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By courtesy of CA Office of Traffic Safety

Plan ahead!

If alcoholic beverages are part of your holiday celebrations, make sure to designate a sober driver. Between December 17 and January 2, more than 230 DUI checkpoints will operate statewide. The Fremont Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Saturday, December 18 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The checkpoint, located on northbound Fremont Boulevard in front of Centerville Jr. High School, is part of an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. Milpitas PD also conducted a DUI check on December 18 near the intersection of Main St. and Curtis Avenue in Milpitas.

"All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Driver's License checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insure that drivers have a valid driver's license," said Detective Bill Veteran, Fremont PD. Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked; drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. "Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs - Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest," said Veteran. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you see a drunk driver, call 911. "Don't let your 2010 end in an arrest or worse, injury or death," said Milpitas Police Chief Dennis Graham.

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