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DUI check point on Thursday

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – In preparation for Hot August Nights, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., along Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Pioneer Trail. Additional officers will also rove DUI Saturation Patrols July 30 and 31, according to a release from the SLTPD. Those officers are part of the “Avoid the 6” multi-agency DUI task force searching for possible impaired drivers.

The summer months are a dangerous time of the year and the odds of being involved in a drunk driving crash can be high, according to the release. In 2008 law enforcement statewide reported that 7,801 people were injured or killed in alcohol involved collisions during the three summer months of June, July and August.

A major component of the checkpoints, beyond taking dangerous drivers off the road, is to increase awareness of the consequences of impaired driving and to encourage using sober designated drivers. A DUI checkpoint is a proven effective method for achieving this goal, the release said. By publicizing these enforcement and education efforts, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department believes motorists are deterred from drinking and driving.

In addition to these DUI operations, law enforcement agencies throughout the region are putting more officers out on checkpoints and DUI roving saturation patrols during the 18-day, nationwide anti-DUI effort through Labor Day, in partnership with the Avoid the 6 – El Dorado County DUI Campaign.

The checkpoint and other DUI enforcement patrols are part of the city’s and county’s ongoing traffic safety efforts. Officers will also be checking for those who are driving with a suspended driver’s license as well as those who are unlicensed. Any motorist found driving with an invalid license may have their vehicle impounded for 30 days and be issued a citation.

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