Stephen Ellison

San Jose Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint This Weekend

San Jose police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint Friday night and early Saturday morning at an undisclosed location, according to a department news release.

The checkpoint will start at 8 p.m. Friday and end at 2 a.m. Saturday.

The deterrent effect of checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols have proven to lower the number of fatalities from alcohol or drug impaired crashes, police said. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized, proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.

DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, police said. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers also checking drivers for proper licensing, police said.

Those caught driving impaired can expect possible jail time, fines, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, they said.

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