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Department checkpoint a success

Staff reports

On Friday afternoon, February 28, 2003, the Truckee Police Department, with assistance from the California Highway Patrol, conducted a DUI /seat belt awareness checkpoint on Donner Pass Road.

More than 1,800 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and officers contacted approximately 800 drivers. Officers did not find any drunken drivers. However, officers did find 27 drivers who were not properly buckled-up. No citations were issued to these drivers, only a request for the drivers to “buckle-up” and be safe.

The checkpoint was held in the late afternoon and early evening to bring the awareness of the importance of wearing seat belts any time drivers operate a motor vehicle on highways and roadways. Funding for equipment to operate the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The Truckee Police Department has investigated several accidents over the past few months involving drivers that had been drinking. Seven of these drivers were arrested at accident scenes.

Over the past three months, 28 drivers have been arrested by officers for driving under the influence.

According to the department, the goal of the checkpoints is to ensure everyone can travel safely on the roadways. One way to reach this goal is for officers to reduce the numbers of people who chose to drink and drive in our community. Another way is to remind drivers and passengers to always buckle up when they are in a vehicle.

The Truckee Police Department will continue to work with the Office of Traffic Safety in bringing similar programs to the community.