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Redlands Police Department
Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 :: 08:36 p.m. PST

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Redlands Police checkpoint targets impaired drivers

Redlands Police checkpoint targets impaired drivers

The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, through 3 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in the eastbound lanes of Lugonia Avenue, between Dearborn Street and Wabash Avenue.

The department is continuing its ongoing campaign to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as bring awareness to the community of the dangers of impaired driving.

Over the past year, DUI collisions have claimed three lives in the city of Redlands.

Everyone can assist in preventing this crime from occurring. If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver. A DUI arrest costs upwards of $10,000, time in jail and the loss or your drivers license, including years of increased insurance rates.

Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009. Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades, since the federal government began compiling figures. DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009.

Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 31 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver’s license.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!

MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding the Redlands PD Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Public Information Officer Carl Baker at (909) 798-7633 or by email at cbaker@redlandspolice.org. To schedule an interview regarding impaired driving efforts and programs in California please contact Chris Cochran, California Office of Traffic Safety at (916) 905-3063 or by email at ccochran@ots.ca.gov.

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Redlands Police Department
30 Cajon St
Redlands, CA 92373

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-798-7681

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