Sobriety Checkpoint in San Francisco, Aug 2nd

San Francisco Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on August 2nd, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 3:00 A.M.

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 an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. “In 2013, San Francisco had one traffic fatality related to a DUI driver.  There were 56 felony DUI arrests during the same time period,” says Officer Gordon Shyy, San Francisco Police.  

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.  Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

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