For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel , Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881

“DRUNK DRIVING, OVER THE LIMIT, UNDER ARREST” BERKELEY POLICE PREP FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 21, 2009) - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, May 22, 2009. 

The checkpoint will occur during the evening hours on Telegraph Avenue at Woolsey Street in Southeast Berkeley.  This effort will be part of the Alameda countywide program: Avoid the 21. 

Avoid the 21 is an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes.  The checkpoints serve to identify offenders and get them off the street, educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving, and to ensure that drivers have a valid license. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, BPD believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving.

Depending on traffic volume and weather, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are found to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs.  That message is, “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest.”   The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by calling 911 if they see a suspected impaired driver. Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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