DUI checkpoint set for Friday in East Carson City

The Carson City Sheriff's Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol will be joining forces to conduct a DUI checkpoint on Saturday on Highway 50 East at Arrowhead Drive in Carson City.

Every motorist traveling from Lyon County into Carson City between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. will be subjected to the checkpoint.

Trooper Chuck Allen said all vehicles traveling west on Highway 50 will be stopped and the drivers will be checked to make sure they have a valid driver's license and they are not under the influence of alcohol. Any driver's who display signs of alcohol or drug use will be directed to the secondary screening area where field sobriety tests will be administered, he said.

"Fifty percent of all fatal crashes in Nevada in 2003 had an alcohol involvement," said Allen in a news release. "Alcohol related crashed are still one of our nations leading causes of death of Americas youth."

He said it's been determined that high visibility of traffic enforcement is one of the best ways drunken driving, as is the announcement of the checkpoint.

"Our goal is to stop DUI drivers," he said.

Overtime for this checkpoint is paid for by the Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.


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