If you are celebrating Mexican Independence Day tonight (Sept 16 or over the weekend with Cuervo Tequila or Corona beer, stay out of Alhambra. Better yet, stay off the road and let someone else drive your car. Alhambra Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, September 16, 2016, at Garfield Avenue and Beacon Street between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Other cities are also planning DUI checkpoints at busy streets.
If you are celebrating Mexican Independence Day, don’t feel singled out because local police forces set up DUI checkpoints on all holidays such as Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Lunar New Year, July 4th, etc.
Police say 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. However, they don’t generally release statistics following a checkpoint exercises.
However, they say research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety 2014 Annual Performance Report, there were 882 alcohol impaired driving fatalities in 2014 where the driver had a blood alcohol content of .08% or greater. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 people were killed by an impaired driver in 2014.
"Over the course of the past three years, 78 DUI related collisions in Alhambra have claimed 2 lives and injured an additional 61 of our friends and neighbors," said Sgt. Mallette from the Alhambra Police Department.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Alhambra Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1'.