DUI Checkpoint in Menifee Scheduled For New Years Day

The Menifee Police Department is planning to run a DUI checkpoint in the city on January 1, 2011, as part of a holiday-long effort to keep d...

The Menifee Police Department is planning to run a DUI checkpoint in the city on January 1, 2011, as part of a holiday-long effort to keep drunk drivers off the road.

The location of the checkpoint has not been released, and the Department does not yet know what time it will run.

"After hearing about the dangers of drinking and driving time after time, most people have gotten the message that if they’re planning on drinking, they should always plan a safe way home," said Sergeant Lingo of Menifee Police Department. "But sadly, millions of Americans still think they are invincible and regularly choose to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink."

The department also went on to advise parents to take note that young males are at particularly high risk, with nearly one-quarter admitting to riding with someone who should not have been behind the wheel in the past year.

During last year's two-and-a-half-week Winter Holiday campaign, 36 Californians were killed in crashes statewide with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher and another 1,168 were injured in alcohol involved wrecks.

Funding for Menifee's DUI operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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