DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoints

Police BadgeDriving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoints have a positive effect in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug-involved accidents. Such crashes show an average drop of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted.

The West Sacramento Police Dept. (WSPD) is arranging checkpoints periodically on city streets. On April 26, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. the following day, the PD checked over 500 vehicles at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street, issuing four citations for unlicensed driving and conducting four field sobriety checks (resulting in one arrest).

Officers stop drivers passing through checkpoints for signs of alcohol and drug impairment. Drivers will also be checked for proper licensing. Officers strive to delay motorists only momentarily. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses that can exceed thousands of dollars.

In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic accidents involving at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.  In West Sacramento, Lt. Tod Sockman reports, “Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed two lives and resulted in 34 injury crashes.”

Funding for the WSPD checkpoint program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety grant, in association with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Public safety agencies urge everyone to work together to bring an end to alcohol and drug-impaired tragedies. As the message says, “If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1.”

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