The Vallejo Police Department encourages everyone attending holiday parties and gatherings where alcohol may be involved to use a designated sober driver.
This holiday season, from December 13th through New Year’s, Vallejo Police will have more officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The Vallejo Police Department, in conjunction with the Solano County Probation Department’s DUI Unit, made two arrests while conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on December 13, 2019. The checkpoint was conducted in the 2800 block of Georgia Street.
In addition, nine drivers were cited for operating a vehicle without a valid license or with a suspended/revoked license and six vehicles were impounded. One of the arrested individuals had an outstanding warrant and the other was arrested for being impaired. These arrests, impounds and citations were made despite the location of the checkpoint being published on a local Facebook page even before the checkpoint was fully operational.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
The Vallejo Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
Police Department will be conducting several DUI Saturation Patrols this year in our ongoing commitment to take suspected impaired drivers off our streets and highways, ultimately lowering the risk for deaths and injuries.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.