El Centro, CA – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) law enforcement rangers will conduct driving under the influence and registration checkpoints from noon, Dec. 27, to 2 a.m., Jan. 1, 2020, on BLM managed public lands in Imperial County, within the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area.
Officers will look for signs of alcohol and drug impairment and check drivers for proper registration and licensing. DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics, frequency of DUI arrests, and safety, to deter driving while impaired.
“The BLM wants all visitors to the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area to have an enjoyable and safe New Years,” said BLM Law Enforcement Supervisor Mike Carpenter. “We will conduct DUI checkpoints to ensure drivers and operators of off-highway vehicles are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and to discourage people from drinking and driving. Please designate a sober driver,” advised Carpenter.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and drug involved collisions. Research indicates collisions involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. The latest data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year.