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Police make DUI arrest, cite 8 for no licenses

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POSTED October 22, 2013 2:01 a.m.

One person was arrested early Friday night for driving under the influence after driving through a Manteca Police Department sobriety checkpoint.

Through a grant that the department received earlier this month from the California Office of Traffic safety, the city received $48,000. It will help pay for overtime and manpower needed to staff DUI and drivers license checkpoints that are traditionally held through the holiday season.

“The police department is grateful to have received this grant – not only will the money all us to conduct enforcement operations to help keep the citizens of Manteca safe, it will also allow us to educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving,” Manteca Police Department Captain Charlie Goeken said in a statement. “We look forward to a successful campaign and our continued partnership with the state of California.”

During the checkpoint:

• Officers stopped a total of 58 vehicles.

• Five field sobriety tests were administered.

• One person was arrested for driving under the influence.

• Three people were cited for driving with a suspended license, and three vehicles were towed.

• Eight people were issued tickets for driving without a valid California’s drivers license.

And according to the statistics, checkpoints like the one that the department administered on Friday are working.

While impaired driving is one of the country’s deadliest crimes, 2012 was a record modern-day low for deaths and injuries associated with people driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in California – 774 people were killed and 24,000 injured.

Manteca had no fatalities last year, but 23 people were injured in accidents where drunk or drugged driving was a factor.

According to a press release issued by the Manteca Police, incidences of drunk driving are known to drop as much as 20 percent when notice of sobriety checkpoints (locations are often not disclosed, but the fact that one will be held are) are circulated beforehand.

Checkpoints, the release said, have proven to be the most effective of any DUI enforcement method while being extremely cost-effective at the same time – yielding a savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

Manteca Police Department Sergeant Paul Carmona oversees the department’s traffic division which organized the event and compiled the results. Traffic officers are typically assigned to enforcing the California vehicle code on Manteca’s roadways in order to keep drivers safe.

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