DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

The Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Wednesday, September 25th at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 630PM and 130AM. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Officers will briefly contact drivers to check for a driver's license while at the same time checking for signs of alcohol and/or drug use. Sergeant Gerry Ross said that the goals of the checkpoint are to enhance public safety, deter impaired driving, and to educate the public on the dangers of DUI. Research has shown that DUI checkpoints are very effective at reducing the incidents of drunk and drugged driving collisions. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Salinas PD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorists are encouraged to report drunk drivers by calling 911.