DUI checkpoint tomorrow

Troopers and deputies from six northern Nevada law enforcement agencies will be conducting a DUI checkpoint Saturday in Reno at an undisclosed location, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen.

Allen said the checkpoint is being funded with grant money secured by the Department of Public Safety-Office of Traffic Safety "Joining Forces" program. Officers with the Reno and Sparks Police Departments, and the Washoe and Carson City Sheriff's Offices, University Nevada, Reno Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol are participating.

Allen said this is one of several multi-agency enforcement campaigns scheduled for 2009

"To completely avoid the potential for a DUI arrest, motorists should refrain from drinking any alcohol. Some other safe alternatives would include designating a safe and sober driver, utilize public transportation, or simply stay home when you know alcohol will be involved," Allen said in a news release.

Statistics show that in 2008, 130 people were killed due to alcohol-related crashes in Nevada.

To date this year, there have been 18 alcohol-related deaths compared to 33 in this same time frame in 2008.

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