SUNNYVALE Calif.(DNR) – The city of Sunnyvale announced that police will set up a safety and sobriety checkpoint on December 29th of this year. The purpose of the checkpoint is to “promote public safety”, according to John Pilger, a spokesperson for the city.
Pilger said the city wants to increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and the checkpoint will serve as a deterrent to potentially-impaired drivers.
Each year Santa Clara County police hold their “Avoid the 13” safe-driving program. The program is meant to educate the public to the perils of driving while impaired.
This year vehicles traveling northbound on Mathilda between Maude and San Aleso avenues will be randomly stopped and drivers will be evaluated to determine their state of sobriety.
During each stop police will look at the safety of the vehicle, make sure passengers use seatbelts and check the validity of the driver’s license.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration through the California Office of Traffic Safety. The checkpoint is scheduled to be open from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m.
By: Greg Cook