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Sobriety checkpoint near San Francisco State University on Oct. 28



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


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

SAN FRANCISCO, October 26, 2005 -- The San Francisco State University police dept. will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, through 2:30 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 29, in the immediate area of the University, within the county of San Francisco.

SFSU police Chief Kim Wible said this is the second of 12 sobriety checkpoints to be conducted by the SFSU police 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 drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol. 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.

An SFSU police checkpoint in July sent one man to jail. "Our objective is to send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving," Wible said. "Don't do it."


NOTE: The press may contact San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-7200 after 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, for the exact location of the checkpoint.

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