FAIRFIELD — Police will conduct a drunken driving and drivers license checkpoint starting at 7 p.m. Friday at an undisclosed location within the city limits, traffic Sgt. Matt Bloesch said in a press release.
The checkpoint will end at 12:30 a.m. Saturday.
DUI checkpoints deter deaths and injuries in alcohol and drug crashes, which are reduced up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints and DUI patrols are routinely conducted, Bloesch said. DUI collisions have claimed seven lives and resulted in 98 injury crashes that hurt 142 people in Fairfield over the past three years, he said.
Delays will be momentary as officers look for signs of alcohol and drug impairment and also check drivers for proper licensing, Bloesch said.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, Bloesch said.
A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pays for the checkpoint.
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