In a concentrated effort to cut down on drunk driving in the Chula Vista area, police are setting up sobriety checkpoints throughout the city over the next several weekends.
Starting today, August 17th at 6 p.m., and continuing on the 24th of August, and again on the 1st and 2nd of September, checkpoints will be set up, at locations that will not be pre-announced, to crack down on motorists driving under the influence or without a valid driver’s license.
Officers will also be on the lookout for dangerous driving behavior on the roads, looking to ensure that possible drunk driving accidents are stopped before they ever have a chance to take shape.
“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” says Chula Vista police officer Nathan Walker.
“By joining this statewide effort, we will make Chula Vista’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period… On average, there is one alcohol-impaired driving related fatality every 51 minutes across America.”
This local effort comes as a part of a larger, statewide effort to cut down on drunk driving, known as “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over”. Other states are running similar campaigns; all intent on finally getting the message out that driving under the influence is never worth the risk.
Law enforcement agencies are hopeful that more focused efforts like these will make a noticeable dent in the number of drunk driving accidents in the coming weekends, which include the Labor Day holiday weekend, a time that typically features a high number of alcohol related incidents.
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