September 4, 2009
The San Francisco Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, September 5, from 7:00 P.M. to 3:00 A.M. In an effort to reduce the number of persons s killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the ppublic on the dangers of impaired driving. the media will be notified of the location two hours before the checkpoint operation begins.
All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This saturation DUI patrols are an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as to insure that drivers have a valid driver's license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.
DUI checkpoints are a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the San Francisco Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving. In 2008, San Francisco police made 880 DUI arrests.
Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs – Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information, please contact:
Sergeant Neil Swendsen
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103