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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: S.Nelson, 2096522160
Release Date: Friday, January 11, 2013, 3:00:00 PM

Modesto, CA –DUI/Drivers license checkpoint and DUI saturation patrols to be held this weekend throughout Modesto


Release Date: January 11, 2013 
Modesto Police Department
Media Relations
Office of the Chief of Police
600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354
Author: Officer Scott Nelson
Modesto Police Department plan DUI Checkpoints
and Roving DUI Patrols in October
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 several special DUI Roving Saturation Patrols during the month of October.
  • DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints are set for Friday, January 18, 2013 from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
  • Roving DUI Saturation Patrols will be deploying on Saturday, January 12, 2013 and Saturday, January 19, 2013 and Saturday, January 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 10 lives and resulted in 218 injury crashes harming 358 of our friends and neighbors in Modesto.
Statewide, overall traffic deaths declined by 23 percent, from 3,995 in 2007 to 3,081 in 2009.  Total traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels in six decades.  DUI deaths declined by 16 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 950 in 2009. 
Alcohol impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities in 2009 with 31 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 are properly licensed. 
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! 
Modesto PD 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 arrest costs upwards of $10,000, time in jail and the loss or your driver’s license including insurance rates that will skyrocket!
MEDIA NOTES: To schedule an interview regarding Modesto Police Department Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Officer Scott Nelson at (209) 652-2160or via email at For information regarding impaired driving efforts and programs in California please contact Chris Cochran, California Office of Traffic Safety at (916) 509-3063 or via email at