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Manteca Police plan checkpoint for DUI on Friday

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Manteca Police plan checkpoint for DUI on Friday

Manteca Police officers work a DUI checkpoint.

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POSTED April 25, 2013 2:03 a.m.

Drivers beware – police are out to snare drunk drivers Friday night at a DUI checkpoint.

Orange cones will funnel motorists to allow Manteca Police officers to check for driver’s licenses and for motorists they find driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  There are always a number of drivers who enter the checkpoint without a license or with one that has been suspended by a judge.

Their vehicle is always towed and taken to a tow yard and impounded for safe keeping as they call family members or a friend to give them a ride home – an embarrassment they could avoid.  A number of tow trucks are usually parked around the block from the check point just waiting to be assigned to a vehicle that has been taken.

Manteca Police Sergeant Jody Estarziau said that drivers who are caught being physically 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 2011 nearly 10,000 people were killed across the U.S. in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher alcohol content in their blood.

In California DUI driving led to nearly 800 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver in their party of friends.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said 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.

Funding for Friday’s checkpoint is provided to the Manteca 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 continuing tragedies.

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