The Sacramento Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies throughout California stepping up DUI enforcement at the end of the traditional summer season through Labor Day, August 16, 2013 through September 2, 2013. During the crackdown period, there will be an increase in law enforcement presence on the roads, including additional officers and DUI checkpoints throughout the state, and those caught driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested.
The Sacramento Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on August 16, 2013, on Fruitridge Blvd. near Mendocino Blvd. It will begin at 8:00 p.m. and run for 5 to 7 hours. The California Office of Traffic Safety is reminding Californians to plan ahead during the crackdown and every day by designating a sober driver.
The Sacramento Police Department will be joining the California Highway Patrol, Avoid DUI Task Forces, and over 115 other local police departments across the state. Specially trained officers will be on hand to detect drivers under the influence of alcohol as well as legal or illegal drugs. In 2011, 774 California drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes. A first-time DUI conviction can cost up to $10,000 in fines, legal fees, and insurance increases.
During the Labor Day weekend in 2011, a total of 138 people across the county were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes involving drivers or motorcycle riders with a .08 BAC or higher. Of those fatalities, 83 percent occurred during early evening and overnight.
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.