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DUI checkpoint planned

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The Madera Police Department will be conducting a stop to check for drivers licenses and those driving under the influence at an undisclosed location within the city limits Saturday night between the hours of 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes,” said Sgt. Johnnie Smith of the Madera Police Department.

Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough, he said.

Officers will contact drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment as well as proper licensing. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, he said, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000...


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