Police checkpoints target drunk drivers tonight | TheUnion.com

Police checkpoints target drunk drivers tonight

If you plan on drinking tonight, get a cab or designate a sober driver, or else you’ll probably spend the night in jail.

The Grass Valley Police Department is planning to set up a sobriety checkpoint at Brunswick Road at Sutton Way tonight, targeting drivers who drink and drive the first holiday weekend of the summer, Grass Valley Police Sgt. Scott Telles said.

Officers will check all motorists for signs of intoxication, and impaired drivers will be arrested, he said.

In addition, patrol officers in Nevada City and Truckee will beef up their patrols and will be looking for drunken drivers over the holiday weekend, Telles said.

The Grass Valley checkpoint will be conducted from 8 p.m. until midnight, he added.

Drunken driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes, according to police: 1,597 people were killed in crashes in California in 2007, according to statistics released this week by the Grass Valley Police Department.

The extra DUI enforcement is part of the “Avoid the 5” DUI program, involving the Grass Valley Police Department, the Nevada City Police Department, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and Truckee Police Department, which are allied to combat drunken driving, Telles said.

Funding for “Avoid the 5” task force programs is provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, from the National Highway Traffic Administration, he said.

To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail rmoormeister@theunion.com or call 477-4236.

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