The Fairfield Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI and Drivers License Checkpoint from 7 p.m. to midnight, Friday, at an undisclosed location within the city limits.
Police officers will be contacting people who pass through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.
“This checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies and officers will be checking drivers for proper licensing,” stated Fairfield Police Traffic Sergeant Matt Bloesch. “A major component of these checkpoints is the deterrent effect they have on those who might drive drunk or drug impaired and bring about more awareness, encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers.”
He added drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail time, license suspension, and insurance increases. In addition, they can also expect to face fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Bloesch also stated checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.