The Madera Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint within city limits beginning at 7 p.m. today.
Officers will check motorists for signs of intoxication or drug impairment as well as proper licensing.
Drivers caught driving while under the influence can expect jail, license suspension and insurance hikes as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, according to MPD Sgt. Johnnie Smith.
Checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies while also yielding considerable cost efficiency of $6 for every $1 spent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A grant from the NHTSA was administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to fund the checkpoint.