Hollister Police are planning a DUI / driver’s license checkpoint this weekend
Officers will look for signs of alcohol and / or drug impairment and check that drivers have the correct license.
Information provided by the Hollister Police Department
Hollister Police Department has announced that it will conduct a driver’s license / DUI check on July 4 at an undisclosed location within city limits between 6 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
In recent years, California has seen a worrying increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. Hollister PD supports the Office of Traffic Safety’s new effort to educate all drivers that “DUI doesn’t just mean drinking alcohol”. If you take any prescription drugs, especially those that have a warning on the label about driving or using machines, you may be weak enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be harmful, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in impaired driving, the statement said.
It indicates that the deterrent effect of the application of high visibility using both DUI checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols has been shown to reduce the number of people killed and injured in drunken crashes by l alcohol or drugs. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized proactive drunk driving operations are carried out on a regular basis.
DUI checkpoints like this are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, providing the greatest opportunity to achieve drunk driving and drug use deterrence. Locations are chosen with the safety of officers and the public in mind.
“Officers will look for signs of alcohol and / or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for the proper permits, delaying motorists only momentarily,” the statement said. “Where possible, specially trained officers will be available to assess people suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now represents a growing number of impaired driving accidents. Everyone should be aware that whether you are taking medication, prescription or over the counter, drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the effects of impairment.
Studies of Californian drivers have shown that 30% of drivers involved in fatal crashes have one or more drugs in their body. A study of active drivers found more positive tests for drugs that can impair driving (14%) than for alcohol (7.3%). Among drugs, marijuana was the most common at 7.4%, slightly more than alcohol.
HPD offers these reminders to make sure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve impaired driving:
- Decide before you go out if you plan to drink or drive. You can’t do both.
- If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver before you get out or find another safe way to get home by taxi, carpooling, or public transit. You can also search for designated driver services in your area using the National Directory of Designated Driver Services (NDDDS).
- See your friend or other impaired client trying to get behind the wheel? Take the keys and help them make alternate arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
- Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.
People are encouraged to be part of the “Very Important Designated Driver” (“DDVIP”) program. As a DDVIP, you can ensure that those who drink will go home safely and be rewarded. Partner bars and restaurants across the state have created specialty non-alcoholic drinks (“Drinks”) For sober drivers.
Getting home safe isn’t expensive, but getting a DUI isn’t! Drivers caught for impaired driving and charged with impaired driving can expect the impact of a drinking and driving arrest to be more than $ 13,500, the statement said. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension, and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Hollister Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Hollister PD also released a statement asking residents to be safe over the three-day weekend while families and friends get together.
The Hollister Police Department will have additional officers on patrol over the weekend of July 4 looking for drivers suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs.
“Help keep the roads safe by slowing down, appointing a sober driver, and being calm and courteous to others when traveling over the holiday weekend,” said Chef Carlos Reynoso.
According to AAA Southern California, travel volumes in the state are expected to be above pre-pandemic (2020) levels and 46.1% higher than last July 4. Allow more time to get to your destination.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 36 people were killed in crashes during the peak application period of July 4, July 3-7 last year. Highway patrol officers arrested more than 1,300 drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs.
Hollister Police remind the public that alcohol is not the only thing that interferes with your ability to drive safely. Prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and marijuana can also be harmful.
In the statement, HPD offered the following guidelines: If you are celebrating or hosting, offer non-alcoholic beverages to designated sober drivers and watch who is drinking. If you see people leaving who have been drinking, check how they get home. If you see someone who appears to be impaired or driving recklessly, call 9-1-1.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.