Redlands Police plan sobriety checkpoint, ‘saturation’ patrols
The Redlands Police Department will conduct a grant-funded DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint from 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, through 3 a.m. Dec. 8 in the northbound lanes of Orange Street between Stuart and Pearl avenues.
A checkpoint scheduled in the same area was cancelled last weekend due to rain. Officers on grant-funded overtime instead conducted targeted DUI “saturation” patrols, arresting one motorist for driving under the influence.
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.
On Monday, Dec. 3, officers on grant-funded targeted traffic enforcement targeted drivers speeding, using a cell phone, running red lights and stop signs, and failing to yield while making turns. The enforcement concentrated on the areas of Alabama Street and Redlands Boulevard; Colton Avenue and Tennessee Street; Colton Avenue and Orange Street; and Citrus Avenue and Redlands Boulevard.
Officers cited 15 drivers, including 12 for talking, texting, or reading messages on their cells phones while driving. Two drivers were cited for failure to wear seatbelts, one for running a red light and one for driving without a license.
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.