The Madera Police Department plans to conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint Saturday night at an undisclosed location within city limits between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Officers will contact drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol or drug impairment as well as proper licensing. Drivers caught driving while impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance hikes as well as fines, fees, driving under the influence (DUI) classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, according to Madera police Sgt. Johnnie Smith.
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, Smith said in a statement. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough, he said.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 45 injury crashes harming 45 of our friends and neighbors,” said Smith...