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Midtown DUI checkpoint nets four

The Sacramento Police Department conducted a Sobriety and Drivers License Checkpoint Friday night in Midtown.

Drivers traveling north on 21st Street found themselves funneled into the checkpoint that was operating between Capitol Ave and N Street. The operation was scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and continued till about 1 a.m.

“We had about 850 cars come through; seven of those drivers ended up being sent in for an impairment evaluation and we ended up arresting four for DUI,” said Sergeant Chris Prince, Sacramento Police Department.

“There’s a high number of DUI arrests and DUI collisions in this area,” said Prince, “so we set up a check point out here in hopes of trying to educate the public about drinking and driving, and deter some folks from [DUI] driving.”

This holiday season, the Sacramento Police Department will be out in force cracking down on impaired drivers with special DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints and Saturation patrols, according to a SacPD press release.

Data shows that the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads, and the Sacramento Police Department is prepared to stop and arrest any drunk driver they see to keep roads safe.

Nationally in the five years from 2007 to 2011 there were 4,169 people killed during the month of December in crashes that involved drivers with Blood Alcohol Concentrations (BAC) of .08% or higher.

In California during those same five Decembers, 505 were killed and thousands seriously injured. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,367 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes across the nation in 2011, and 31 percent (9,878) of those fatalities occurred in drunk-driving-related crashes.

Californians witnessed at total of 2,835 deaths with 774 killed in DUI crashes on their streets and highways.

Please follow these tips to keep the holidays safe and happy:

  • Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
  • If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving.  Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
  • If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend/family member, or use public transportation
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement, your actions may save someone’s life

Sergeant Chris Prince talks with [PSN]PublicSafetyNews about the operation…

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