The Downey Police Department is planning a DUI/drivers license checkpoint between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. starting Friday, June 22 at an undisclosed location.
Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspensions, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.
“Over the course of the past three years, there have been 327 DUI related traffic collisions in the city of Downey. These DUI traffic collisions have claimed 3 lives and resulted in 53 injury crashes harming 192 of our friends and neighbors,” said Downey Police Sgt. Scott Loughner.