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The San Jose Police Department is hoping to save some lives over the holiday weekend with a DUI checkpoint set to be held overnight tonight.

The location of the checkpoint is not being released, but will be held within the city limits from 9 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.

“In an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-related crashes, sobriety checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the street, as well as to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving,” authorities said in a press release.

“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This sobriety / driver license checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as ensuring (that) motorists have a valid driver license. A major component of these checkpoints is to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to encourage sober designated drivers.”

The announcement is being made in an effort to deter party-goers from drinking and driving.

“Traffic volume and weather permitting, all vehicles may be checked and drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested. Our objective is to send a clear message to those who are considering driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs: Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest,” police said.

Everyone is being encouraged to participate in the effort by reporting suspected drunk drivers to police by calling 911.

San Jose police officials are dedicating tonight’s checkpoint to the memory of 4-year-old Jose Cortes-Diaz, who was killed by a drunk driver on July 11, 2010.

The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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