DUI, driver license checkpoint to be conducted by Elk Grove Police



The Elk Grove Police Department has announced it will be conduction a DUI and driver license checkpoint within the city this weekend.

The checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location starting tonight at 7 p.m. and will run until 3 a.m. Saturday morning. According to the police department, the checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. O

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing. Drivers are reminded that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” 

If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year, Elk Grove Police Department investigated 21 DUI collisions which fortunately did not claim any lifes but resulted in another 31 injuries.

Elk Grove Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension, and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Elk Grove Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.










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