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DUI July 5-6 checkpoint results
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Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5 and ending at 3 a.m. Saturday, July 6, the West Sacramento Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint at Jefferson and Stone Boulevards, said police department spokesman Lieutenant Tod Sockman in a press release.

Sockman said results of the latest West Sac checkpoint are as follows:

  • 1,140 cars passed through the checkpoint
  • 25 drivers licenses were checked
  • 6 drivers were cited for driving without- or on a suspended license.
  • 4 field sobriety checks were conducted
  • There were no DUI arrests

"The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes," Sockman said. "Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.  Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

When drivers are caught driving while impaired they can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000, said Sockman.

In 2010, more than 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher, noted Sockman. "In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver," he said, adding, “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 34 injury crashes harming 44 of our friends and neighbors.”

West Sac news tip, event or press release? Contact Carol Bogart at 3bogart@gmail.com.


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