Information provided by the Hollister Police Department.
The Hollister Police Department will conduct a DUI and drivers license checkpoint on Sept. 27 within city limits, according to a recent release.
Officers will look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and will check drivers for proper licensing as well, with momentary delays, the release said. When possible, specially trained officers will evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs which may impair driving not only include illegal narcotics, but also prescription drugs, cannabis, and even some over-the-counter medications.
DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public, the release said.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
The release notes that DUIs led to 10,497 deaths and nearly 290,000 serious injuries in 2016 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Hollister Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to Report Drunk Drivers—Call 9-1-1.