Law enforcement agencies are continuing their summer/Labor Day campaign to keep impaired drivers off the road, with sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols scheduled this weekend in the Sacramento region.
The campaign began Aug. 17 and runs through Labor Day. Through midnight Thursday, officers representing 17 law enforcement agencies in Sacramento County reported a total of 132 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In Placer County, officers representing seven agencies arrested 23 individuals for driving under the influence through midnight Wednesday, according to a news release. No DUI-related deaths were reported in either county since the campaign began last week.
A sobriety checkpoint is scheduled tonight in the city of Sacramento as the second week of the campaign gets under way. Extra DUI saturation patrols will be deployed in the cities of Folsom and Elk Grove tonight and in Citrus Heights and Elk Grove on Saturday night. Extra patrols also will be deployed in Elk Grove on Sunday night.
The California Highway Patrol announced that its officers will conduct a DUI and driver's license checkpoint in El Dorado County on Saturday night, and additional CHP officers will be assigned to roving patrols in the checkpoint area. In Placer County in coming days, a sobriety checkpoint will be conducted in Roseville.
In addition, officials said, all regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts on stopping and arresting motorists driving under the influence.
Motorists are encouraged to report suspected drunken drivers by calling 911.