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Folsom Police Targeting Drunken, Impaired Drivers Friday Night

May 07, 2015 07:14AM, Published by Steven Jack, Categories: Community



The Folsom Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Friday, May 8.

The checkpoint will be set up from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city limits, police said. 

"The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes," police said in a news release. "Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely."

Officers will look for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing. Motorists will be delayed momentarily, police said. 

Specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes.  

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Friday's checkpoint is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For additional details, contact Sgt. Kirk Morris at 916-351-3353 or kmorris@folsom.ca.us

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE FOLSOM POLICE DEPARTMENT

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