Wednesday February 25, 2009

On Friday Febraury 27, 2009, the Napa Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint somewhere in the city limits of Napa.  The checkpoint will be in an area where the City of Napa has experienced a high number of collisions because the driver was driving under the influence. 

The goals of the checkpoint include educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving, getting unlicensed drivers off the road, and arresting those found to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Checkpoints have been proven to lower the death and injury rate from impaired driving when used consistently.

The Napa Police Department is partnering with the Napa County DUI Task Force to address drinking and driving through education, enforcement and policy change.  The Task Force promotes the message that one’s blood alcohol level cannot be “felt” and that individuals under the legal limit of .08 can still be arrested for alcohol related driving offenses.  Blood alcohol content is affected by an individual’s body weight, food in the system, medications being taken, age, emotional state, type of beverage consumed and a host of other factors.  The Task Force encourages businesses serving alcohol to monitor the serving size, timeframe between drinks, and to be aware of signs of intoxication among their customers. 

The funding for the DUI/Drivers License checkpoint comes from a grant that the Napa Police Department received from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.