Bakersfield police to conduct DUI checkpoint Friday night

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Bakersfield police will be out checking for drunk drivers starting Friday night.

Police will set up a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Bakersfield starting Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. through 2 a.m. Saturday.

Bakersfield police say these announced checkpoints are a proven tactic in reducing the amount of people killed or injured in alcohol or drug related crashes.

Police say crashes involving impaired drivers can be reduced by 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and patrols routinely take place.

As a reminder, drivers caught impaired can face jail time, fines and expenses that could cost more than $10,000.

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