Police to conduct sobriety checks in North Sacramento

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Sacramento police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday on Norwood Ave near Silver Eagle Rd in an effort to reduce fatalities in drug and alcohol related incidents.

Officers from 7:30 p.m. to after midnight will look for signs of alcohol or drug impairment and check for valid driver’s licenses. Drivers will be funneled through a line to answer questions, and those suspected of impairment will be pulled over for further questioning, said Public Information Officer Doug Morse.

The number of drug and alcohol related incidents can be reduced by 20 percent with publicized, routine DUI checkpoints, according to a news release from the Sacramento Police Department. Drug and alcohol related accidents led to 774 deaths in California last year, the release stated.

During the last sobriety and driver license checkpoint on Jan. 24, officers stopped 535 vehicles. They screened five drivers for impairment and two drivers who drove past the line and were pulled over by chase cars. Of that group, six drivers were issued DUI citations and one driver was cited for a violation of DUI probation. Officers screened 41 drivers for license violations and issued 38 citations.

The California Office of Traffic Safety provided a grant for this checkpoint. Officers determine locations of checkpoints based on the number of vehicle accidents reported in those areas.

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.

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