Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Roseville Police Plan Sobriety Checkpoint

The Roseville Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Friday evening, April 17, at an undisclosed location. Police officers will contact all drivers passing through the checkpoint, checking for alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to make Roseville's streets safer; to increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving; and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

While other types of traffic collisions are declining in Roseville, alcohol and drug-related traffic collisions are on the rise. Roseville officers investigated 35 DUI-related collisions in January and February, a 67 percent increase over the same last year. One person was killed and 23 injured in those collisions.

The Roseville Police Department is battling the problem with routine nightly DUI enforcement, special patrols, and sobriety checkpoints. Funding for Roseville's DUI enforcement was provided by a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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