San Francisco police will be kicking off the long Labor Day weekend with a DUI checkpoint tonight at an unnamed part of the city. Cops will be stationed at this location sniffing out drunks between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
If you end up dodging the sobriety checkpoint Friday, don't press your luck. The cops will return Saturday night at 8 p.m. with another DUI sweep in an undisclosed location. So treat yourself to a designated driver this weekend. And then treat your designated driver to dinner.
Police believe that all this extra attention on booze and bad drivers is necessary; Research shows that DUI-related crashes can be reduced by 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. And guess what: Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.
“In 2013, San Francisco had one traffic fatality related to a DUI driver," says Officer Gordon Shyy. "We want to continue our education campaign and look for zero
traffic fatalities related to alcohol."
Here's what to expect from the cops tonight:
- Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment
- Checking drivers for proper licensing.
- Specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses (lawyer-up, All said, you'd be shelling out more than $10,000 to pay for your mistake. And you can forget about that fancy job you applied for.
Tonight, the cops will be swarming the city looking for those drivers who, once again, hit the bottle too hard.