2016-09-01 / Front Page

DUI checkpoint will be Sunday in Mariposa

A DUI checkpoint will be conducted in Mariposa on Sunday.

The California Highway Patrol will be conducting the checkpoint somewhere in Mariposa County between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Officers will be stopping vehicles and contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will make every effort to only delay motorists momentarily.

CHP officials said that, when possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, insurance rate increases as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

“DUI checkpoints serve three purposes,” said Mariposa Area CHP Commander Becky Hagen.

Those are deterrence, removal of impaired drivers and public education.

“Our goal is to fulfill the purpose of the checkpoint and encourage drivers to make the right choice before getting behind the wheel,” said Hagen.

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