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Police to Operate DUI Checkpoint in Napa Saturday Night

Napa County Avoid the 9 DUI Task Force will run it at undisclosed location from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The Napa County Avoid the 9 DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday, April 20, at an undisclosed location within the Napa city limits between the hours of 6 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.  

When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases -- as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed six lives and resulted in 21 injury crashes harming 32 of our friends and neighbors,” said Napa Police Sgt. Brian Campagna.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. 

“DUI checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Napa County needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Napa Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.  If you see a drunk driver, call 911.

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Harold Edwards April 20, 2013 at 03:13 AM
I don't like DUI checkpoints ! It's a waste of time and money.
Tom Davidson April 20, 2013 at 03:32 AM
It would be alot more beneficial to concentrate those efforts on catching texters and phone-callers behind the wheel. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be as lucrative
Larry Cereghino April 20, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I agree with tom..........a ticket for talking on your cell phone is about $300.00 dollars..We do need to ticket drivers in napa..try walking across the parking lot in bel aire plaza...people talking on cell phones all the time..Dont see me walking in the parking lot..time to crack down in Napa..they just had a crack down in sonoma last week. DUI driving is still a big problem.............we need these drivers off the roads..but even when these drivers arre ticketed..they still find a way to drive..even with a suspeneded DL...go get emmmmmm tonite...
Amy Larson April 20, 2013 at 07:13 PM
When we had a Constitution, they also were illegal... Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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