MERCED COUNTY, CA – On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Merced Area CHP will conduct a DUI sobriety checkpoint in an unincorporated area of Merced County. The approximate hours of the checkpoint will be from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Although DUI related laws will be enforced in the checkpoint area, the primary purpose of the checkpoint is an educational effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on California highways and diminish the amount of pain, suffering and death that results from drunk driving. The driver license status of motorists will be checked as well. CHP Officers will be contacting motorists in the checkpoint area by random selection. All motorists contacted will be given handouts providing information regarding DUI related laws and other CHP safety programs.
DUI prevention is extremely important especially as the summer comes to a close. As another school year comes into session, the CHP encourages all motorists to designate a sober driver during social gatherings to avoid becoming a statistic.
Funding for this program was provided from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.