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Police announce DUI Checkpoint in Citrus Heights this weekend

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File photo, a traffic sign notifies drivers of a DUI checkpoint in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Another DUI and drivers license checkpoint will be conducted this Friday and Saturday in Citrus Heights, police said in a news release issued this week.

The checkpoint will be held at “an undisclosed location” in the city between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., beginning Friday night, Aug. 25, and continuing through early Saturday morning.

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Police said the operation will include officers briefly stopping vehicles to look for signs of alcohol and drug impairment, as well as checking drivers for proper licensing. Specially trained officers will also be on scene to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which can include many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, according to the news release.

A prior checkpoint held in May on Antelope Road at Lauppe Lane stopped a total of 940 vehicles and netted two DUI alcohol arrests, police reported. Five vehicles were also impounded and 32 citations were issued for a variety of violations, including driving without a license or a suspended license.

As previously reported on The Sentinel, the Citrus Heights Police Department says it announces DUI operations in advance as a public awareness tool to help deter drivers from getting behind the wheel drunk in the first place. The department also regularly deploys “DUI Saturation Patrols,” which specifically search for, and pull over, drivers showing signs of intoxication.

Funding for CHPD’s checkpoints comes from a California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) grant, through the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. CHPD was awarded a $145,000 OTS grant last year to help fund a year-long program of safety-related efforts, with a focus on DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols.

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