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City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sgt Rick Applegate ,
Release Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

Modesto Police Department plan DUI Checkpoint and Saturation DUI Patrol in April



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                   Tuesday, April 16, 2013


CONTACT: Officer Rick Applegate

(209) 652-1206


Modesto Police Department plan DUI Checkpoint

and Saturation DUI Patrol in April


Modesto, CA – Modesto Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits along with special DUI Roving Saturation Patrol during the month of April.


·        DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint is set for Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

·        Roving DUI Saturation Patrol will be deploying on Friday, April 26, 2013 between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.


Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 11 lives and resulted in 358 injury crashes harming 596 of our friends and neighbors in Modesto.


In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2010 with 29 percent of all deaths caused by a drunk driver.  A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method to lower these numbers.  Additionally, drivers will be checked to ensure that they have a valid driver’s license.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. 


Modesto Police Department reminds everyone that they can assist in preventing this crime from ever occurring.  If you are planning a gathering or celebration with alcohol included, or if you are out on the town, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver.  A DUI and drug-impaired arrest can costs up to $10,000 or even more, including time in jail, the loss or your driver’s license and high insurance rates.


These enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!  


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