Sacto 9-1-1
December 14, 2012
Drunk driver checkpoint slated for tonight in S. Sacramento

A drunk driver checkpoint will be in place tonight in South Sacramento.

The Sacramento Police Department will be conducting the checkpoint at 24th Street and Fruitridge Road beginning at 8 p.m. The checkpoint will last about six hours.

Uniformed officers will be checking for alcohol- or drug-impaired drivers. They will also make sure drivers have valid licenses.

DUI checkpoints are proven deterrents in cutting the number of people killed or injured in crashes, according to police.

"Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough," said a press release from the department.

In 2010 more than 10,000 people were killed in the United States in crashes where at least one driver was legally drunk. In California, 791 such deaths were recorded.

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