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Police Planning Weekend Checkpoint
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The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department-Riverbank Police Services will be out in force cracking down on impaired drivers with DUI and Driver’s License Checkpoints this weekend.

A checkpoint is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 16 at an undisclosed location within the city limits of Riverbank between the hours of 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. to help keep roads safe as warmer weather starts. Riverbank Police Services is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe. Officers have received specialized training for DUI and DUID, driving under the influence of drugs, which will help them identify and remove persons under the influence from our roadways.

Having a sober driver is just the first step in keeping the night safe. Citizens need to continue using their seat belts, putting away their cell phones, following the rules of the road, and keeping an eye out for dangerous drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes nationwide. That accounts for one every 51 minutes. Over 800 of those died on California roadways. In 2011, there were 32,367 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk driving related crashes. Californians witnessed a total of 2,835 deaths with 774 killed in DUI crashes on their streets and highways.

Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing, collision repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone’s life, or their own.

Authorities urge everyone to follow these tips for safe driving:

Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.

If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead, designate a sober driver before the party begins.

If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend, or family member, use public transportation.

Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life and inaction could cost a life.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department-Riverbank Police Services by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a drunk driver call 9-1-1.