DUI checkpoint Friday in Livingston

A drunken-driving checkpoint is scheduled Friday in Livingston, the Police Department announced.

“With the support of the Office of Traffic Safety, the Livingston Police Explorers and the Livingston Police Volunteers in Police Service, the department’s intent is to deter drivers who are impaired by either drugs or alcohol,” police Chief Ruben Chavez said in a news release.

Drunken drivers pose a serious danger to lives and property throughout the state. The department maintains a zero-tolerance policy toward DUI violations. This is just one of the many programs the department has put into effect; other programs include DUI saturation patrols and warrant sweeps.

Livingston has had two fatal collisions this year, and both are believed to be DUI-related.

Anyone who witnesses an impaired driver or a driver who is posing a hazard on the road is encouraged to call 911 and report the issue immediately. “Anyone seeing a friend or family getting into the driver’s seat of a car while intoxicated should stop them from putting themselves and others in danger,” Chavez said.