News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

DUI Check Points
‘Drunk Driving. Over the Limit, Under Arrest’
Contact : Agent Kara Salazar, Palo Alto Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- On Saturday, December 19, from 10 p.m., to 3 a.m., officers from Palo Alto Police Department, Stanford Department of Public Safety, Los Altos Police Department, Mountain View Police Department and Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety will staff a Sobriety Checkpoint in Palo Alto. 

Drunk driving is one of America's deadliest crimes. In 2008, 11,773 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California, 1,029 people were killed with another 28,457 injured in alcohol involved collisions.

That is why 'Avoid the 13-Santa Clara County' announced today they will be joining with law enforcement throughout California and the nation from December 18, 2009, to January 3, 2010, to take part in the 'Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest’ crackdown on impaired driving. Across the state, there will be 300 DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints, DUI Task Force operations, and hundreds of local DUI roving patrols in an effort to make this holiday season free from another senseless drunk driving death.

"Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial cost of a crash or an arrest for impaired driving can be significant," said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses. So don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you are under arrest."

Law enforcement is asking YOU to do the right thing and have a designated driver or take a cab. To help with enforcement efforts, we ask everyone to report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.