Oakland, Calif. — The Oakland Police Department will conduct DUI Checkpoints on the weekend of July 4th, at undisclosed locations within the City of Oakland.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.
During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
With the easing of stay-at-home restrictions and more bars and restaurants being allowed to open, the Oakland Police Department is committed to keeping the public safe.
“The safety of our community is paramount.” Interim Chief Susan E. Manheimer said. “While we are still in the middle of a pandemic it is important to remember that driving under the influence is still dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources.”
The Oakland Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.
Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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