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 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
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