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DUI check set for holiday

The Grass Valley Police department will conduct a DUI checkpoint during Memorial Day weekend at an undisclosed location, officials said Friday.

“Driving under the influence cannot be tolerated because it needlessly takes lives,” Grass Valley Police Sgt. Scott Telles said. “DUI is totally, 100-percent preventable.”

Drivers will be screened by officers who are trained in the area of detecting the intoxicated or drugged driver, Telles said.

Last year, local law enforcement agencies received a three-year grant of $240,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety for DUI enforcement, covering costs of overtime for officers who staff the checkpoints.

Alcohol-related fatalities in California have increased every year for the last seven years, compared to a nationwide decrease of 0.2 percent between 2004 and 2005, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

California experienced a 7-percent increase in alcohol-related fatalities between 2004 and 2005, Telles said.

In 2005, 1,574 people were killed and 30,810 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in California, compared to 1,462 fatalities and 31,538 injuries in 2004, according to the OTS.

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