SacPD to Hold DUI Checkpoint Tonight in Natomas


Sacramento police officers screen drivers at a previous DUI checkpoint on Del Paso Road. / Photo: M. Laver

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Update: More than 1,000 cars were contacted during the checkpoint, which resulted in one DUI arrest, 30 citations issued, and 11 vehicles being towed.

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver license checkpoint Friday on Del Paso Road near Five Star Way.

The checkpoint is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and run for five to seven hours.

Police officers will look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and checking drivers for proper licensing; delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially-trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

According to police, DUI checkpoints are proven to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration checkpoints have provided the most effective, documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses which can exceed $10,000.

Funding for this 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.

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