There Will be a DUI Checkpoint Somewhere in Fairfield Friday Night

The location, however, will not be disclosed until the checkpoint is set up.


There will be a DUI checkpoint somewhere in Fairfield Friday night between the hours of 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. The location, however, will not be disclosed until the checkpoint is set up, according to the Fairfield Police Department: 

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.  Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 7 lives and resulted in 98 injury crashes harming 142 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Matt Bloesch.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.  Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Fairfield needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Fairfield Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.  If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

Harold Edwards February 22, 2013 at 09:44 AM
Why don't they use a security company or farm this work out to save tax dollars? I have seen this DUI check points . It's a waste of time and money,they use about 20 cop's.To me it's entrapment.They could be out doing crime prevention instead a bunch of them hanging out at one place wasting time .
alan February 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Why do they always shut down the check points before the bars close? Every time I go through one of these, there seem to be way more stranded Hispanic families (possibly unlicensed/uninsured/undocumented) standing along side the road than drunks doing the DUI dance.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Nazi Germany had taxpayer funded checkpoints.


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