On Saturday April 30, 2011, the Folsom Police Department conducted a driving under the influence/driver’s license checkpoint in the area of Greenback Lane and Madison Avenue from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Sunday May 1st.

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) grant funded the seven-hour operation staffed by Folsom Police Officers, Dispatchers, Community Service Officers, Citizens Assisting Public Safety (C.A.P.S.), and attended by a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) volunteer.

582 vehicles were screened resulting in the following enforcement actions:

• Vehicles pulled to side for Driver’s License checks: 23
• Standardized Field Sobriety Tests Administered: 17
• Vehicles Towed: 9
• Citations issued: 13
• Arrests for DUI: 2

Checkpoints are a vital component in the fight against both impaired and unlicensed driving.

Nationally, impaired driving caused by alcohol or drugs causes one death every 33 minutes. The average American has a 30% chance of being killed or injured by an impaired driver. Sobriety checkpoints have been proven to reduce impaired driving-related collisions by removing these drivers from our streets.

S.T.E.P. grant funding was provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Safety Administration.