Drunk or impaired driving enforcement checkpoints can be a bit of an annoyance, especially if you are not impaired ad have not been drinking, but their impact on traffic safety cannot be overstated.

Police around the country regularly these types of checkpoints to enforce existing impaired driving laws especially during weekends or holidays or times when they expect there might be drunk or impaired drivers on the road. Some people consider this an intrusion into their personal liberty or privacy, but the fact, driving on the roads is a privilege, not a right and drivers must obey all existing municipal, state and federal driving laws-and be in compliance with those laws regardless of whether or not anyone actually knows they are violating the law-at all times.

Sept. 21, 2102, the Pacifica Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint oat an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

“Deaths from drunk and drug-impaired driving are going down in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). “But that still means that hundreds of our friends, family and co-workers are killed each year, along with tens of thousands who are seriously injured. We must all continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.”

Given the on-going success of these DUI/Impaired driving check-points it seems unlikely police will stop using them any time soon.