MEDIA RELATIONS UNIT
December 18, 2009
Subject: DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint December 19
There will be a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Saturday, December 19, from 8:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. The reason for the checkpoint is to help stem one of America’s deadliest crimes: drunk driving. Last year in California 1,029 people died in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle ride with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
“Make no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter what you drive – a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle – if we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses,” said Lt. Calonico of the San Francisco Police Department’s Traffic Company. “We will be talking to drivers, making sure they are not impaired, arresting those who are, and getting the word out that impaired driving and driving without a proper license is not acceptable in San Francisco.”
The SFPD advises that, by following these easy steps, drivers can enjoy a festive and safe evening without jeopardizing their lives and the lives of others who may be on the road:
· Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
· Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
· If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
· If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.
Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Violators face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses.
Funding for this checkpoint comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.For more information, please contact Lt. James Calonico, SFPD Traffic Co., 553-1927.
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103