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Citrus Heights police plan Thursday-night DUI checkpoint

Sentinel staff report–
Citrus Heights police will hold a DUI checkpoint on Thursday night, as part of a nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

According to a news release sent out by the police department, the grant-funded checkpoint will be held at “an undisclosed location” in the city between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., beginning Thursday night, Aug. 24, and continuing through early Friday morning.

Checkpoint operations typically include officers briefly stopping vehicles to look for signs of alcohol and drug impairment, as well as checking drivers for proper licensing. Police warn that DUI can include impairment from many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, according to the news release.

Citing data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, police said 13,384 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2021, which averages to one person dying every 39 minutes.

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