– Press release from the CHP:
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area had previously scheduled a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint for Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Mono County. The checkpoint was cancelled due to thunderstorms in the area, as Well as, poor air quality caused by a Wildfire in the Sierra National Forest in neighboring Fresno County. The checkpoint has been rescheduled for this Saturday, August 10, 2013, in Mono County.
“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers,” said Lieutenant R. D. Cohan, Area Commander of the CHP’s Bridgeport Office. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers Will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.
The goal of the CHP is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist. A sobriety/ driver’s license checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment existing patrol operations. “By publicizing our efforts We believe that we can deter motorists from drinking while driving and/or driving while unlicensed,” Lieutenant Cohan said.
Lieutenant Cohan emphasized, “Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Our objective is to send a elear message to those individuals that mixing alcohol and/or drugs while driving will not be tolerated.
“The CHP seeks to enhance highway safety by apprehending the impaired driver.”
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the CHP by a .grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. 1f you see a Drunk Driver, call 9-1-1.