The Livermore Police Department is set to crack down on drunk driving, with a DUI checkpoint scheduled for December 15, according to a recent announcement. Officers are slated to stop vehicles from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. at a location they are keeping on the down-low.
The selected spot for the checkpoint has been identified using data highlighting where the town has seen the most problems with drivers under the influence. It's all part of a concerted effort to quickly take potentially unsafe drivers off the streets—before they can harm. Officer Kurt Cofer said, "Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk." He made it clear that reducing the number of these drivers is a sure way to better ensure traffic safety.
In a timely reminder, the Livermore PD pointed to alcohol as just one of several substances that can impair a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle. Prescription and non-prescription medications, along with marijuana—despite its legal status—are all highlighted as potential culprits for impairment.
The Livermore Police Department is Holding a DUI Checkpoint on December 15— Livermore PD (@LivermorePolice) December 8, 2023
On Friday, Dec. 15, the Livermore Police Department will conduct a driving under the influence (DUI) Checkpoint from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at an undisclosed location.
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Anyone unlucky enough to get nabbed for a first-time DUI can expect a wallet-busting array of fines and penalties amounting, on average, to $13,500, not to mention a suspended license to boot. The crackdown isn't just out of the local coffers either; a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety is footing the bill for this operation, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.