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DUI checkpoint planned Wednesday night in North Sacramento area

Sacramento police set up a DUI checkpoint in August.
Sacramento police set up a DUI checkpoint in August. Stuart Leavenworth

Sacramento police will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint Wednesday night in the North Sacramento area.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, officers will be stopping motorists on Del Paso Boulevard near El Camino Avenue, looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate motorists suspected of drug-impaired driving, which authorities say accounts for an increasing number of impaired-driving crashes.

Officers also will check to make sure drivers are properly licensed.

DUI checkpoint locations are selected based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, according to a Police Department news release, as well as safety considerations for officers and the public.

Officials warn that motorists caught driving impaired can expect a DUI arrest to result in 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.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy