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DUI & License Checkpoint
Friday, May 26 – 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers’ license checkpoint on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the City of Blythe, where a significant number of DUI related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid drivers’ license. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested. Unlicensed drivers may be cited and could have their cars towed.
“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous and could have severe consequences,” stated Chief Jeff Wade. “People need to think about those consequences before they start drinking. Plan ahead, have a designated sober driver, or call a friend for a ride home.”
It is the goal of the Blythe Police Department to continue providing public awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired, and the laws concerning driving without a valid drivers’ license. The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to reduce the number of traffic collisions related to intoxicated drivers. Motorists approaching a checkpoint will observe traffic signs diverting them into a single lane of traffic. Once diverted, motorists will only be delayed a moment while officers explain the purpose of the checkpoint.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
According to Chief Wade, “our message is simple, if we catch you driving impaired you will be arrested.”
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