The Signal Hill Police Department’s (SHPD) traffic unit will be conducting a DUI/drivers license checkpoint on this Saturday, Dec. 22, in the eastbound lanes of Willow Street at Cerritos Avenue from 8pm and 2:30am.
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, according to the SHPD, which adds that “research shows crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.”
Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.
Specially-trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and/or insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and/or other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
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.
Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Signal Hill Police Department needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”
Funding for the checkpoint is provided to the SHPD by a grant from the OTS through the NHTSA.