Law enforcement cracks down on drunk drivers

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Law enforcement will be out in force throughout Placer County over the holiday weekend looking for drunk drivers. The Fourth of July weekend is one of the deadliest holidays of the year when it comes to alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities, according to a statement released by Placer County’s Avoid the Seven DUI campaign. The California Highway Patrol will assign extra officers to the region’s freeways, state highways and unincorporated roads beginning Friday evening through Monday. The Placer County’s DUI task force will conduct a checkpoint in Rocklin Friday night at an undisclosed location beginning shortly after 8 p.m. The task force will conduct a DUI checkpoint in Lincoln at an undisclosed location beginning shortly after 6 p.m. A series of saturation patrols will also take place throughout the region on Monday. “The summer holidays are some of the deadliest times periods on our roadways, so everyone must remember to be responsible and plan ahead, use a designated sober driver,” said Chris Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, in a statement. “Just know everyone traveling down the road near you has a cell phone and will call 911 to report a suspected drunk driver.” Statistics gathered from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the past 25 years show that, on average, nearly half of all deadly traffic crashes over each year’s July Fourth holiday involved some level of alcohol, according to a press release. “The Fourth of July is a time most Americans spend celebrating with family and friends, but it is also one of the year’s deadliest times on our roadways,” said Lincoln’s Interim Police Chief Paul Shelgren. “So we will be out in force cracking down on drunk driving. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested.” ~ Toby Lewis