Police in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova will be on the lookout for impaired and unlicensed drivers Friday night.
The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint at Florin Road and 24th Street beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours. Motorists traveling through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be looking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.
The Rancho Cordova Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the Rancho Cordova city limits from 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday. Authorities warn that motorists caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance cost increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
"Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 39 injury crashes harming 56 of our friends and neighbors," Sgt. Jerry Lane of the Rancho Cordova Police Department Traffic Unit said in a written statement.
Officials cite National Highway Traffic Safety Administration findings that checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding a cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.
Funding for the checkpoints is provided by grants form the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.