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Citrus Heights News Briefs: SmaRT Ride expansion, DUI checkpoint results

SmaRT Ride
SmaRT Ride’s new expanded service area will begin April 23, 2018.

Latest local news briefs include SmaRT Ride’s expansion into Orangevale and Antelope, results from the Friday’s DUI checkpoint on Sunrise Boulevard, and Police Chief Ron Lawrence being interviewed about use-of-force policies on NPR.

Uber-style SmaRT Rides to expand hours, service area
On Monday, SacRT’s Uber-style SmaRT Ride service will expand from Citrus Heights to also include Fair Oaks, Orangevale and Antelope — in addition to expanding hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. According to an article in The Sacramento Bee last week, the two shuttle buses currently used for SmaRT Ride in Citrus Heights are averaging 64 riders a day.

SacRT Operations Chief Mark Lonergan told the paper the pilot program, which launched in Citrus Heights about two months ago, “seems to be working well” and Mayor Steve Miller said he is optimistic that the new on-demand ride system will solve “the issue of public transit in suburbia.” (See full article)

Police release results of April 20 DUI checkpoint
Over 1,000 vehicles were stopped and one misdemeanor DUI drug arrest was made during a DUI and drivers license checkpoint held on northbound Sunrise Boulevard near Oak Avenue on Friday night, police reported. A total of 33 citations were also issued for various code violations, the majority of which were for driving without a license or with a suspended license. Police also impounded 12 vehicles and administered nine sobriety field tests. The checkpoint was funded by a grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

More briefly:

  • Police Chief. CHPD’s Ron Lawrence was featured in an interview by NPR last Sunday regarding police use of force. (See transcript)
  • Job Fair. Crossroads 2nd Annual Employment and Resource Fair will be held at the community center on April 25. (Read more)
  • Award. Sylvan Middle School employee Christopher Green was recognized during the Spirit of San Juan awards on April 19. (See more)
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