Police planning DUI checkpoint Wednesday night
June 29, 2008
South Lake Tahoe police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint from 10 p.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday.
The checkpoint will be either at Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Fairway Avenue, or on Pioneer Trail. The location will depend on how much staffing is available that day.
South Lake Tahoe police, along with California Highway Patrol officers, will randomly screen drivers for signs of impairment.
The police department’s previous DUI checkpoint, on June 18 at Pioneer Trail and Shepherds Road, resulted in the arrest of 10 unlicensed drivers, one drug arrest, two warrant arrests, one DUI arrest and one citation of a minor for driving while having alcohol in her blood.
After the checkpoint, extra officers will hit the streets Thursday looking for drunk drivers. The additional enforcement is intended to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving.
Police are encouraging those whose celebrations will include alcohol to take a cab or designate a sober driver.
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Funding for the traffic-enforcement program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.