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Sobriety checkpoint near San Francisco State University on July 29



Denize Springer
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


First of 12 checkpoints to be conducted by SFSU police over next two years

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27, 2005 -- The San Francisco State University police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 9 p.m. on Friday, July 29, through 3 a.m. on Saturday July 30, in the immediate area of the University, within the county of San Francisco.

SFSU Police Chief Kim Wible said this is the first of 12 sobriety checkpoints to be conducted by the SFSU police and Public Safety Department over the next two years. Last year, the department received a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety that funded new traffic enforcement equipment. In exchange for the equipment, the Department agreed to conduct enforcement and educational programs to address driving under the influence (DUI) violations as well as other hazardous traffic violations on roadways adjacent to the campus.

The checkpoints will be staffed by SFSU police officers trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. The officers will be equipped with state-of-the-art hand held breath-testing devices, which provide an accurate measure of blood-alcohol concentrations of suspected drunk drivers.

"All too often, drunk drivers jeopardize the safety of motorists on the roadways, by causing otherwise preventable traffic accidents," Wible said. "Our goal is to ensure the safety of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk driving. By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can further deter motorists from drinking and driving."

Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked and drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.

"Our objective is to send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving," Wible said. "Don't do it."



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