The Lodi Police Department traffic unit will be conducting a DUI and drivers license checkpoint between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 a.m. Sunday, at an undisclosed location within the city limits.
Officers will examine drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, as well as proper licensing. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
DUI checkpoints are proven to reduce the number of people killed or injured in alcoholor drug-related crashes. Such crashes drop by 20 percent on average when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough, according to research.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
DUI checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence, based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.
If someone suspects a drunk driver, they're reminded to call 911.