From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday and Monday, officers will stop cars driving by an undisclosed location, spreading word about the consequences of driving under the influence and looking for anyone who may be breaking that law.
“DUI sobriety checkpoints’ primary purpose is education,” said Tracy police spokesman Sgt. Tony Sheneman, who noted he’s seen a recent increase in drunken driving arrests.
At the last checkpoint, Sept. 5, one driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, 16 drivers were unlicensed and 11 had suspended licenses.
Sheneman said Tracy police also have saturation patrol, where officers are specifically looking for drivers who might be drunk. Sheneman said checkpoints and saturation patrol are paid for by an office of traffic safety grant from the state.
Police declined to say where the checkpoint would be, but in the past officers have set up a roadblock near the police station on East 11th Street.
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