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* San Jose Police Conducting a DUI Checkpoint at King Road and Lido Way

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The City of San Jose Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint and Saturation Patrols on Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., at King Rd and Lido Way in San Jose.  In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes, DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. All too often during the holiday season, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This DUI/Drivers License checkpoint and saturation patrol is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid drivers license.  A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the City of San Jose Police Department believes motorists can be deterred from drinking and driving. Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are 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 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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    The text messages are “a great idea,” says Heidi Castle, a national spokeswoman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
    The primary purpose of a sobriety checkpoint “is to deter people from driving drunk,” Castle says. “You want to stop them before they get on the road.” A critical part of that process, she says, is letting the public know that checkpoints are planned.

    “It may deter some from making a deadly decision,” adds Troy Green, a national spokesman for AAA. If a reminder that police will be stopping motorists causes someone to drink fewer beers or arrange for a designated driver, Green says, “it has the potential to save your life and other lives as well.”

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