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The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, through 3 a.m. Dec. 1 in the northbound lanes of Orange Street between Stuart and Pearl avenues. 

DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

Officers will contact drivers passing through the checkpoint and look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.

Violators found driving under the influence will face jail time, loss of their driver’s licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

A targeted, grant-funded DUI “saturation” patrol last weekend resulted in four arrests for driving under the influence, one citation for driving with a suspended license and one arrest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of burglary tools.

On Monday, Dec. 3, through Friday, Dec. 7, officers on grant-funded overtime will target drivers talking, texting or scrolling on their cell phones without hands-free devices. Officers will also be on the lookout for other “primary collision factors,” such as speeding, running red lights and stop signs and failure to yield while making turns.

The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit will also be assisting in Saturday’s Redlands Christmas Parade. Staging area street closures from 3 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, include: Brookside Avenue between Center and Eureka streets; State Street between Texas and Eureka streets; and Eureka Street between Olive and Brookside avenues.  Streets along the parade route closed from 5:45 p.m. through 10:30 p.m.:  Citrus Avenue from Eureka to 9th Street; 9th Street from Citrus Avenue to Redlands Boulevard; State Street from 9th to  Orange Street; and Orange Street from Redlands Boulevard to Vine Street.  The Redlands Mall parking lot on the northwest side will be closed for the bands to disperse.  Please be patient and watch for pedestrians as downtown will be crowded.

Funding for sobriety checkpoints and targeted patrols is through grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  For more information on regional/statewide Avoid DUI Task Force campaigns, Enforcement Schedules and Daily DUI Arrest/Fatality statistics, visit the http://www.nhtsa.gov/StopImpairedDriving and www.californiaavoid.org websites. 

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