The Chico Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday April 29th, 2022. The checkpoint was located on the Esplanade at 11th Avenue for northbound traffic. The checkpoint was open from 9:15 P.M. to 1:30 A.M. During that 4-hour and 15-minute period, 372 vehicles came through the checkpoint. One driver was cited for not having a valid license and another was served proper notice for having a suspended license. There were no arrests for driving under the influence.
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.
Chico PD will be conducting more DUI saturation patrols during the month of May and another DUI/CDL checkpoint near the end of the month. We are committed in keeping our streets safe for all those traveling.
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!