Fox News affiliate KXTL TV Sacramento reports that the Citrus Hill Police Department will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint this Saturday, June 17.
Police said in a statement that the checkpoint would be conducted at an undisclosed location in the city of Citrus Heights between 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
At the checkpoint, specially trained officers will be present to e, evaluate drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, illegal narcotics, or prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
Officers will also be on the lookout for those behind the wheel without a license or one that has been either suspended or revoked.
In a statement, Citrus Heights Police Chief Alexander Turcotte said that the checkpoints are put into place based on data that include past DUI crashes, the frequency of DUI arrests, and with consideration for the safety of both officers and the public.
“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,” Chief Turcotte wrote. “Research shows 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.”
Authorities remind motorists that even with a first-time DUI conviction, driving while impaired can include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, and expenses of more than $10,000.
Funding for the checkpoint has been provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety and through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.