Crime - Sacto 911

DUI checkpoint scheduled Friday night in South Natomas area

Sacramento police will be conducting a sobriety and driver license checkpoint tonight in the South Natomas area.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, officers will be stopping motorists on Truxel Road near Bannon Creek Drive, looking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Officers also will check to make sure drivers are properly licensed.

When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which police say accounts for an increasing number of impaired driving crashes. Drugs that may impair driving include not only illegal narcotics, but many prescription drugs, marijuana and some over-the-counter medications.

DUI checkpoint locations are selected based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. They also are chosen with consideration for the safety of officers and the public, according to a Police Department news release.

Police 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 to the Sacramento Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy