The California Highway Patrol hosted a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, Jan. 26 in an effort to crackdown on drivers under the influence and to keep the roads safe.
“Driving under the influence (DUI) is a public safety problem,” said Lt. Brian Goldhammer commander for the Williams Ara CHP. “Sobriety checkpoints are a valuable tool in combating this major roadway danger.”
During the five hour event, about 200 drivers were processed through the checkpoint. No arrests were made, and a few mechanical hazard warnings were issued.
“Sobriety checkpoints serve three major purposes: deterrence, removal of impaired drivers from the road, and educating the public regarding the dangers of impaired driving,” said Lt. Goldhammer. “It is important to remember, Driving under the influence (DUI) does not only pertain to alcohol. Driving under the influence of marijuana, prescription drugs, and other drug use is illegal,”
One driver was suspected of being under the influence during the evening; however, following a field sobriety test he was cleared.
“The law and common sense make it clear that driving any vehicle or a boat after drinking is a critical mistake.” Lt. Goldhammer said. “In 2016, there were 1,838 victims killed in California in collisions that involved alcohol. More than one-third of all traffic-related deaths in California involved alcohol.”
The Sobriety Checkpoint was funded through the Office of Traffic Safety using local resources.
“We hope to host more checkpoints in the future,” said Franco Castillo, CHP Public Information Officer. “We use these tools to keep the public informed. Educational enforcement is very important to keeping drunk drivers off the road.”
Lt. Goldhammer added, “Remember, a motorist can act on their observation of a suspected drunk driver by calling 9-1-1. The CHP and other law enforcement agencies have joined to promote the use of 9-1-1 in this manner because it can result in a timely enforcement response.”■