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DUI Checkpoint

Friday, May 27, 8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers’ license checkpoint on Friday, May 27, 8:00 p.m. to 1:30 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 is extremely dangerous and could have deadly consequences,” stated Chief Jeff Wade. “People need to think about those consequences before they start drinking and plan ahead. Have a designated sober driver or call a friend for a ride home.”

It is the Blythe Police Departments goal to continue providing public awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, and the laws concerning driving without a 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 drunk you will be arrested.

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