Kern County DUI Checkpoint Press Releases

Bakersfield - March 9, 2012

Bakersfield police will conduct a DUI/Driver License checkpoint at an undisclosed location.

The checkpoint is an effort to reduce the number of people injured or killed each year in DUI-related collisions. A major component is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

The public is asked to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Provided by an article on Bakersfield.com

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Bakersfield - February 25, 2012

On Saturday, Bakersfield police will conduct a DUI/Driver License checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Bakersfield.

The checkpoint will be conducted as an effort to reduce the number of people injured or killed each year in DUI-related collisions. A major component is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

The public is asked to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Provided by an article on Bakersfield.com

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Bakersfield - February 3, 2012

On Friday, Bakersfield police will conduct a DUI/Driver's license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Bakersfield.

A major component of this enforcement is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.

The public is asked to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.

Provided by an article on Bakersfield.com

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Bakersfield - November 25-27
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Bakersfield Police Department said it will conduct a DUI / Driver License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the City of Bakersfield. This DUI / Driver License Checkpoint is in an effort to reduce the number of persons injured or killed each year in DUI related collisions. A major component of this enforcement event is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Provided by an article on TurnTo23.com
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Ridgecrest DUI Checkpoint and Saturation Patrols - 9/3/11 and 9/4/11

The Ridgecrest Police Department will join nearly 10,000 other law-enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving for Labor Day Weekend, known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

A sobriety/driver's-license checkpoint is scheduled for Sept. 3 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits. The department will conduct a roving DUI saturation patrol Sept. 4 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. as part of the nationwide Summer/Labor Day campaign.

In a press release, Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand said motorists approaching the checkpoint will see signs advising them that a sobriety checkpoint is ahead. Once diverted into the checkpoint, motorists will be detained for only a few moments while the officer explains the purpose of the checkpoint.

The department considers the use of checkpoints and saturation patrols to be important tools in its efforts to curtail driving while intoxicated. Checkpoint locations and saturation patrols are typically located in areas of high DUI arrests and collisions. The use of checkpoints has been effective in detecting and removing impaired drivers from the road.

The crime of impaired driving is a serious one. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures, 10,839 people died nationally in 2009 alone, including 950 in California, in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit. The age group with the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in motor-vehicle traffic crashes was the 21-to-24 age group.

According to Ridgecrest PD, violators will face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks.

Insurance rates will go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

The national Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown is led by the California Office of Traffic Safety and NHTSA, combining high-visibility enforcement and heightened public awareness through publicity.

A grant from California Office of Traffic Safety through the NHTSA funds this enforcement effort.

The Ridgecrest Police Department asks citizens to report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.

Provided by The Daily Independent



Kern County DUI Checkpoints - Labor Day Weekend

The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 18 DUI deployments overnight in Kern County.

From 12:01 AM Friday August 19, 2011 through 6:00 AM Saturday morning, August 27, 2011 officers representing Kern County law enforcement agencies have arrested 92 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Tragically, there has been one fatal traffic collision over this summer mobilization period, currently being investigated by the Bakersfield office of the California Highway patrol; however, alcohol does not appear to be a factor in that collision.

For the second weekend of the campaign, DUI Checkpoint operations and DUI Saturation Patrols resulted in the arrest of 19 DUI offenders here in Bakersfield alone.

Extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in the cities throughout Kern County and the California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI checkpoint operation at an undisclosed location, in the unincorporated area of Bakersfield on Saturday night.

All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts on stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are still scheduled for the remainder of this Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers - Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 5, 2011.

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