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Redlands Police on a grant-funded “saturation” patrol targeting DUI drivers arrested one man for driving under the influence early Monday morning, Feb. 4.

Richard Franco Jr., 21, of San Bernardino was arrested for DUI after he was stopped by officers near the intersection of Tennessee Street and San Bernardino Avenue just after midnight.

In addition to the DUI arrest, one person was cited for driving on a suspended license.

Police conducted the saturation patrol as part of a countywide “Avoid the 25” enforcement effort on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit also conducted a grant-funded DUI/drivers license checkpoint Friday, Feb. 1, in the southbound lanes of Tennessee Street at Park Avenue.

Between 10 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, 171 cars passed through the checkpoint. Three people were cited for driving on suspended licenses. Another person was cited for driving without a license.

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.

In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety.  “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one-third of traffic fatalities, Redlands needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

Funding for this checkpoint was provided to the Redlands Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies.  If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

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