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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release



Date/Time:        December 28, 2013

Incident:           Chino Hills DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned

Location:          Chino Hills



Summary

DUI/DRIVERS LICENSE CHECKPOINT PLANNED THIS WEEKEND

This holiday season, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department/Chino Hills Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be out in force cracking down on impaired drivers with special DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints.  A DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint is scheduled on December 28, 2013, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

 

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department/Chino Hills Police Department is giving fair warning to all partygoers.  “In addition to DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints, you will also see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period.” “If we suspect anyone is driving while under the influence, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving,” said Captain Robert Guillen.   

 

Unfortunately, the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions – and serious legal consequences.  Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department/Chino Hills Police Department is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe. 

 

Nationally in the five years from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed during the month of December in crashes that involved drivers with Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) of .08% or higher.  In California during those same five Decembers, 505 were killed and thousands seriously injured.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.  Californians witnessed at total of 2,835 deaths with 774 killed in DUI crashes on their streets and highways.

 

Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, to lost wages due to time off from work. Even worse, a drunk driver can cause a traffic crash that claims someone’s life, or their own.

Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

  - Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving

    Drunk - or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.

  - If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving.  Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the

    party begins.

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  - If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member,

    use public transportation or http://24hourdesignateddriver.yolasite.com/ 424-2-DRUNKK

    or http://designateddriversservice.com/designated-drivers-in-san-bernardino/ 805-423-3176

  - Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.

  - If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save

    someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life. 

 

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

MEDIA NOTES:  To schedule an interview regarding the Chino Hills Traffic Safety Operations, please contact Sergeant R. Casas at (909) 364-2000 or rcasas@sbcsd.org.

 

 

Funding for this Checkpoint provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone: Report Drunk Drivers!  Call 9-1-1.



John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700