Bakersfield Police plan DUI checkpoint for holiday partiers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - This holiday season, Bakersfield Police Department will be out in force patrolling for impaired drivers with special DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints.

A checkpoint is scheduled for December 21, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Bakersfield Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers.

“In addition to DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints, you will also see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period,” said Lt. Joe Mullins. “If we suspect anyone is driving while under the influence, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.”

Police said bad decisions lead to serious legal consequences. Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads, officials said.

The Bakersfield Police Department is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe.

Nationally in the five years from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed during the month of December in crashes that involved drivers with Blood Alcohol Concentrations of .08% or higher.

In California during those same five Decembers, 505 were killed and thousands seriously injured.

Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off from work.

Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone’s life, or their own.

Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

  • Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for
  • driving drunk - or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  • If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

Police stress it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Police and the NHTSA remind everyone: Report Drunk Drivers, call 9-1-1.

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