CHP to conduct DUI checkpoints Saturday in unincorporated area of Merced

The California Highway Patrol said it will conduct a DUI sobriety checkpoint Saturday in an unincorporated area of Merced County from around 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Although DUI-related laws will be enforced in the checkpoint area, the main purpose is an educational effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on state highways, the CHP said in a news release. The driver’s license status of motorists will also be checked.

CHP officers will contact motorists in the checkpoint by random selection. All those contacted will be given handouts providing information about DUI-related laws and other CHP safety programs.