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Police announced there will be a traffic checkpoint in Oceanside starting tomorrow, Friday, at 8 p.m. and finishing at 3 a.m.

Oceanside police sergeant Kenneth Gow said officers will be checking “at an undisclosed location” within the city limits, starting the evening of August 2, and into the early morning hours of August 3, 2013.

The checkpoints are placed in locations that “have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence,” according to police. The locations are also chosen in consideration of the safety of officers and the public, Sgt. Gow stated.

Police will be checking drivers’ licenses and looking for signs of “impairment” from drugs or alcohol, they announced.

“Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000,” Sgt Kenneth Gow said in a statement.

“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes,” according to the sergeant. “Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.”

The officers at the checkpoint “will strive to delay motorists only momentarily,” police stated.

Anyone who sights a drunken driver is urged to phone 911.

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