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Fresno DUI checkpoints planned for Labor Day weekend

If you plan on going out and drinking this holiday weekend, it may also be a good idea to plan on appointing a designated driver or on finally installing that Uber app on your phone.

According to the Fresno Police Department’s Facebook page, the department’s traffic unit will be conducting DUI/driver’s license checkpoints on September 4 and 5, 2015 at undisclosed locations within Fresno city limits between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The department’s Facebook page assures us that the stop will be as unobtrusive as possible. “Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily,” according to the page.

Be aware that the officers won’t just be looking for signs of alcohol consumption. Police officers with “special training” will be on the lookout for impaired drivers under the influence of illegal narcotics, prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

The police department is not disclosing the location of these checkpoints, however, it does state that the checkpoints are “placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.”

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

The police department is hoping that the checkpoints can have a deterrent effect on DUIs.

From the department’s Facebook page:

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 an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.

According to Fresno PD Police Chief Jerry Dyer, from 2012 through 2014 “DUI collisions have claimed 25 lives and resulted in 253 injury crashes, harming 351 of our friends and neighbors in Fresno.”

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