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California Desert District
Release Date: 12/27/13
Contacts: S. Razzo at (951) 697-5217    
News Release No. CA-CDD-14-17

DUI Checkpoint Planned for New Years'

Imperial County, CA - Law Enforcement Officers of the Bureau of Land Management will be conducting a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint from November 27, 2013 through January 2, 2014, on public lands in the un-incorporated area of Imperial County, to include the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper registration and licensing where required. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.

DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public in mind.

"We want people to have fun and enjoy our public lands over the New Year's holiday, but we want to remind them not drink and ride," said Acting Chief Law Enforcement Ranger Nathan Mendes. "DUI laws apply on or off the road, and they apply whether operating a street legal vehicle or Off-Highway Vehicle."

Law Enforcement Rangers are reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Drivers - Call 9-1-1'.


California Desert District   22835 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos      Moreno Valley, CA 92553  

Last updated: 12-28-2013