Sac PD to stage a DUI checkpoint near Sac State. Here’s when

The Sacramento Police Department on Friday, Sept. 23, will hold a DUI checkpoint in the area of Howe and University avenues between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.

During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests,” said  Sac PD Sgt. Zach Eaton. “The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.”

The Sacramento Police Department is committed to keeping the traveling public safe, Eaton said, and is reminding the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol.

Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or operating heavy machinery, which includes driving a car.

“If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home,” Eaton said.

While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sac PD earlier this month staged a DUI checkpoint in the area of Florin Road and 24th Street.

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