Police checkpoint planned in Whittier

WHITTIER — Police plan to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint Friday, officials said.The checkpoint will take place between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Whittier, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes,” according to the statement. “Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.”Officers will strive to delay motorists only momentarily, police added.“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” according to California Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher J. Murphy. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, Whittier needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”Funding for Friday’s checkpoint is being provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As always, anyone who sees an impaired driver on the road is encouraged to report it by calling 9-1-1.

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