Sobriety check point in Meyers Friday
November 24, 2009
The California Highway Patrol and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department are set to conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Friday on U.S. Highway 50 in Meyers.
“Our goal is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk driving,” said Lt. Timothy Malone, CHP South Lake Tahoe Area Commander. “By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorists from drinking and driving.”
The sobriety checkpoint will be staffed by officers from both departments who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers.
Traffic volume permitting, deputies will try to check all vehicles. Drivers who are found to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be arrested and spend the night in the county jail, Malone said.
“Our objective is to send a clear message to those considering mixing alcohol and/or drugs with driving,” Malone said.
Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.