"AVOID THE 8" Plans San Francisco Sobriety Checkpoint at Geary and Steiner, April 21
Avoid the 8, the city’s multi-jurisdictional crackdown on drunk and drugged driving, has set a checkpoint for Saturday, April 21 near the intersection of Geary Blvd. and Steiner St. It begins at 8:30 p.m. and continues until early Sunday morning.
“We conduct checkpoints to reduce the number of impaired drivers and lessen the amount of pain, suffering and death that they often bring,” said Capt. Denis O’Leary of the San Francisco Police Dept.’s traffic company.
“Officers will stop cars in a pre-set order once they are funneled into the checkpoint, waving the others through,” the captain explained. ”They will talk to each driver, and, if they notice the odor of alcohol, slurred speech or glassy, watery eyes, will instruct the driver to pull over for further investigation.”
Avoid the 8 joins 40 similar countywide DUI crackdowns in California. They cover 98 percent of the state’s population. The California Office of Traffic Safety funds them all through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.