DUI checkpoint today in Los Banos

A drunken-driving checkpoint is scheduled today in Los Banos, the Police Department said in a news release.

“In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes, DUI/License checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving,” Cmdr. Ray Reyna said in the statement.

The checkpoint is scheduled from 7 p.m. Monday to 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, police said.

“A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers,” Reyna said.

Police ask residents to report suspected drunken drivers by calling 911.

To leave an anonymous crime tip call 209-827-7070 Ext. 288. If you have access to a computer and the internet you can also leave an anonymous tip at the Police Department’s web page at At the bottom of the “Contact” page simply click on the “report graffiti and other crime” link or visit the Merced Area Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-855-725-2420, or at