Sacto 9-1-1
January 25, 2013
Sobriety checkpoint planned tonight in South Natomas

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint tonight in the South Natomas area.

Beginning at 8 p.m. and continuing for five to seven hours, motorists traveling on Truxel Road near Bannon Creek Drive will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will check for alcohol or drug-impaired drivers. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, according to a Police Department news release.

Motorists caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, police said.

Officers also will check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, the checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity to deter drunk and drugged driving. Police said the locations are chosen with consideration for the safety of officers and the public.

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