The Chico Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Thursday June 30th , 2022. The checkpoint was located at the intersection of E. Park Avenue and Fair Street. The checkpoint was open from 7 P.M. to 11 P.M. During that 4-hour period, 602 vehicles came through the checkpoint. 19 of those drivers came through and did not have their license in possession. Officers verified their license status and 8 drivers returned unlicensed and 1 driver came back suspended. Those 9 drivers were given citations and a licensed driver was called to the scene to drive the vehicle away. Two drivers came through the checkpoint impaired and were arrested for DUI.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.
Those caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time. Chico PD reminds drivers that impaired driving does not only involve alcohol. Marijuana also impairs one’s ability to drive safely and can also land you in custody for DUI. Additionally, some prescription medications can impair your ability to drive safely. Always check the medication label to see if it warns you of driving or operating machinery.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Highway Patrol.
Supervisor: Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz
Watch Commander: Lt. Ben Love
The Chico Police Department is committed to ensuring our community is a safe place to live, work, and recreate within!