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DUI checkpoint, saturation patrols this weekend

LAKE TAHOE – South Lake Tahoe and Placerville police, as well as El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies, will conduct a DUI/driver license checkpoint on Lake Tahoe Boulevard from 8:30 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement from South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Shannon Laney.

South Lake Tahoe police, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers will also conduct roving saturation patrols throughout the weekend, Laney said.

The checkpoint and saturation patrols are paid for via an “Avoid the 6” grant from California to decrease the number of drunk drivers on the road, Laney said.

“Driving while drunk isn’t worth the tremendous risk. No matter your age, if you’ve had too much holiday spirit, you’d better find a safe and sober ride home or your chances of arrest are high,” said South Lake Tahoe Police Capt. Martin Hewlett, in the statement.

Between midnight July 3, 2009, and midnight July 6, 2009, there was a total of 373 alcohol-involved deaths and injuries on California roads.

Laney encouraged people to use 911 to report drunk drivers. Getting behind the wheel after drinking a small amount of alcohol could be dangerous, Laney added.

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“It’s easy to recognize someone who’s had way too much to drink and drive safely,” Laney said. “But you don’t have to be ‘falling down drunk’ to be a threat to yourself and others.”