Manteca Traffic Enforcement Sgt. Paul Carmona is announcing the second drivers license/drunk driver check point to be held tonight between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city.
Carmona noted that the deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research has shown that crashes involving alcohol have dropped by an average of 20 percent when well publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
Officers from the DUI traffic team will be contacting drivers as they drive through the cone zone checkpoint for signs of alcohol and or drugs impairment. Police will also check 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 incases as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $$10,000.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided to the Manteca Police Department through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration