Sacramento police will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint tonight, July 3, on Marysville Boulevard near El Camino Avenue.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, Sacramento police, assisted by officers from other Sacramento County law enforcement agencies, will stop motorists to check for signs of drug or alcohol impairment, and to make sure drivers have the proper license. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Police note that drugs that may impair driving are not limited to illegal narcotics, but include many prescription drugs, marijuana and some over-the-counter medications.
Over the Fourth of July holiday period in 2013 – from 6 p.m. July 3 to 5:59 a.m. July 8 – 199 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on the nation’s roads, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In California, 28 people died in alcohol-related crashes, police said.
DUI checkpoint locations are selected based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity to deter drunken and drugged driving, according to a Police Department news release.
Motorists caught driving impaired can expect a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.