Merced police plan DUI checkpoint this Saturday

A drunken driving checkpoint is planned in Merced for Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Merced Police Department said. Police officers will check for drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as checking licenses of drivers who pass through the checkpoint.

The summer months have a higher rate of accidents related to drunken driving, according to the department. In 2008, law enforcement across the state reported 7,801 people were injured or killed during June, July and August.

Merced police will also participate in the "Avoid the 11" DUI campaign, a nationwide effort in which law enforcement agencies place additional officers on checkpoints and saturation patrols during the end of August and early September.

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