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Sobriety checkpoint planned Friday night in Del Paso Heights area

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint in the Del Paso Heights area Friday night.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, motorists traveling on Norwood Avenue near Silver Eagle Road will be stopped by officers looking for drivers who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which accounts for a growing number of crashes involving impaired drivers, according to a Police Department news release. Drugs that may impair driving include not only illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana and some over-the-counter medications.

Officers also will check to made sure drivers have the proper license.

Police warn that motorists caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol face 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 Safety Administration.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy