FAIRFIELD — Fairfield police plan to conduct a checkpoint this week to look for drivers who are driving under the influence or without a license.
The checkpoint will be from 7 p.m. Friday to 12:30 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location, a Fairfield police press release said. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized driving-under-the-influence checkpoints and driving-under-the-influence patrols are conducted routinely, it said.
California in 2012 had 802 deaths in accidents associated with an impaired driver, the press release said. The nation had nearly 10,000 people killed by impaired drivers. Locally, accidents involving impaired drivers killed seven people and caused 142 injuries over the past three years, it said.
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