HPD to set up DUI checkpoint for holiday weekend

Officers from the Hollister Police Department will be deploying special saturation patrols and a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint to crack down on drunk driving in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

The Hollister Police Department will also be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on June 30 in the city limits of Hollister.

In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2010 with 29 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver. A DUI checkpoint has been proven to be an effective method to lower these numbers. Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver’s license.

Hollister Police Department officers remind everyone that they can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring, according to a press release. 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 and drug impaired arrest costs upwards of $10,000 including time in jail, the loss or your drivers license and a rise in insurance rates.

These enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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