The Madera Police Department will check drivers for alcohol and drug impairment and proper licensing at a checkpoint within city limits tonight between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Research shows that alcohol-related crashes drop by about 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often, officials said.
Specially trained officers will be on hand to evaluate those suspected of driving under the influence. Those caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, officials 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 Madera Police Sgt. Johnnie Smith...