Tracy Police expect that holiday revelers will be out a
couple days early this year, and have chosen Saturday night as the time to set
up a checkpoint to catch drunken drivers and unlicensed drivers.
Police did not reveal the location of the checkpoint, but
did say that it will be set up between 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday. A
checkpoint in July, set up on 11th Street between Civic Center and
MacArthur drives, resulted in three drunken driving arrests. Police also
impounded five cars from people who did not have driver licenses.
Tracy Police said that the checkpoints enable officers to
inform the public about the hazards of drunken driving. They also act as a deterrent,
and encourage people to choose designated drivers if they plan to go out to
bars or parties.
Police also encourage the public to call 9-1-1 to report
possible drunken drivers.
The California Office of Tracy Safety funnels money from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to cities to pay for
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports
that the New Year’s holiday, on average, sees the most drunken driving crashes
of any other day during the year.
Between 2001 and 2005 an average of 36 people per-day were
killed on U.S. highways as a result of drunken drivers, the highway
administration reported. On Christmas, the number increases to 45 per day, and
on New Year’s Day the number increases to 54 fatalities per day, on average.