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Alert for Broadway motorists Friday night in Sacramento

Sacramento Police set up a DUI checkpoint in downtown Sacramento in 2015.
Sacramento Police set up a DUI checkpoint in downtown Sacramento in 2015. Stuart Leavenworth

The Sacramento Police Department Traffic Unit plans DUI/drivers license checkpoint Friday night on Broadway near 21st Street. The checkpoint will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last from five to seven hours, police said in a news release.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing. Specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes, police said.

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems, according to police. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol, police said.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, authorities warn.

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