Wednesday, May 22, 2013

DUI Checkpoint Announcement - May 25, 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe Police Department and the California Highway Patrol will conduct a Sobriety and Driver's License Checkpoint on May 25 from 7:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the city, where a significant number of DUI-related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid driver's license. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested, and unlicensed drivers may be cited and possibly have their cars towed.
"DUI arrests can be embarrassing and expensive but they're easy to prevent," said Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith "If you're drinking, hand your keys over to a designated sober driver or call a taxi or sober friend for a ride home. Don't risk an arrest - or worse, a serious injury or even death."
Smith said the purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers and hit and run collisions. The checkpoint will serve as a reminder to use designated drivers and not drink.
"Our message is simple: if we catch you driving drunk, you will be arrested," Smith said.
It is the goal of the Blythe Police Department and the California Highway Patrol to continue providing public awareness on the dangers of drinking and driving, providing a safe holiday weekend, and educating the public on laws concerning driving without a driver's license.
Motorists approaching a checkpoint will need to observe traffic signs, information and police officers advising that a checkpoint is ahead. Once diverted into a lane, motorists will be delayed a moment while an officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.
Funding for this checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the Avoid the 30 Coalition.
"We can all help make our streets safer," said Smith. "Please report drunk drivers - call 911.

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