Gilroy Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Aug. 3

The checkpoint will be at an undisclosed location in Gilroy, and will be up from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Gilroy Police Traffic Unit will be managing a DUI and driver's license checkpoint Aug. 3 from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at an undisclosed location within city limits, according a police report.

According to a media release from the department, officers will be stopping drivers passing through Friday and looking for signs of alcohol or drug intoxication.

The release also stated, "Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence, and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public."

Funding for Friday's checkpoint will be provided by a grant from the California Office of Trafic Safety, a sub-division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

According to the NHTSA, checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, according to a police report.

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