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Manteca Police plan DUI checkpoint

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POSTED July 5, 2012 2:15 a.m.

The Manteca Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, July 6, at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol 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 and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2010, 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 Californian, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

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