Somewhere in Menlo Park tonight (Friday, July 24), police officers will be stopping vehicles, checking driver's licenses and looking at drivers for signs of intoxication, whether from alcohol or drugs.
Police are not saying where the checkpoint will be, but said in a press release that it will be operational between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. In choosing a location, safety for the officers involved and the public are key concerns, police said.
Delays at the checkpoint will be momentary for drivers who are licensed and unimpaired. But those caught driving while impaired can expect to be arrested, spend time in jail, pay up to $10,000 in costs and penalties, and take DUI classes.
In 2012, DUI-related accidents killed 802 people on the road in California, while in San Mateo County over the past three years, such accidents have killed 46 people and injured 374, police said.
Research shows that DUI checkpoints lower the incidence of alcohol or drug-related accidents by as much as 20 percent, police said.
To report a drunken driver, call 911.