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Police to conduct DUI checkpoint Wednesday

South Lake Tahoe police will conduct a checkpoint for intoxicated drivers on Pioneer Trail between 8 and 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

Officers will randomly screen drivers for signs of impairment during brief stops and ask those showing signs of intoxication to perform field sobriety tests, according to Sgt. Shannon Laney.

Funding for the checkpoint is provided by the Avoid Campaign through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Laney said.

In 2008, more than 11,700 people died in highway crashes nation-wide involving a driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher. In California, provisional data for 2008 show that 1,029 people died in alcohol-related crashes, down 9 percent from 2007.

In fatal crashes in 2007, 27 percent of motorcycle riders had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher, more than any other type of motor vehicle driver, Laney said.

South Lake Tahoe Police ask for the public’s assistance to report drunk drivers throughout the year by calling 911.

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