The Madera Police Department announced plans Wednesday to hold a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint this Saturday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within city limits.
Police Sgt. Johnnie Smith said that DUI crashes can be lowered up to 20 percent when checkpoints are announced and well publicized.
Drivers stopped at the checkpoint will be inspected for proper licensing and signs of impairment related to alcohol or other drugs, Smith said. When possible, specially-trained officers will be on hand to evaluate those specifically suspected of drug-impaired driving, which Smith said may be more prevalent than drunk drivers.
“Recent statistics reveal 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems,” Smith said. “A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs … than did for alcohol. Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent.” ...