City of Sacramento Police Department

SAMUEL D. SOMERS JR.
Chief of Police
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

(916) 808-0800
Fax : (916) 808-0818
www.sacpd.org

MEDIA ADVISORY/PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release No. 20121119-159
Monday, November 19, 2012

Sobriety and Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

“Start the Holiday Season Safe and Sober”

The Sacramento Police Department will be conducting a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at El Camino Ave and Erickson Street.  They will begin at 8:00 p.m. and run for 5-7 hours. Traffic flowing through each checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America.  But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways. Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this statewide wide effort, we will make Sacramento's roadways safer for everyone.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety, increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Report Drunk Drivers. Call 911.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Please direct any inquiries to Sergeant Chris Prince at (916) 808-6069. Media is encouraged to attend the checkpoint in an effort to spread awareness about the impacts of drinking and driving.

Sacramento Police Media Relations · (916) 808-0808 · spdpio@pd.cityofsacramento.org

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