Grass Valley, Calif. August 30, 2016 – The Grass Valley office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint on Saturday September 3, 2016, somewhere within western Nevada County. The funding of this checkpoint is made possible through a grant obtained from the California Office of Traffic Safety and will be staffed by personnel from Nevada County Avoid the Five (CHP, Grass Valley Police Department, Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada City Police Department, and Truckee Police Department).

“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by intoxicated or unlicensed drivers,” said Lieutenant George Steffenson, Grass Valley Area Commander. The goal of the CHP is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of intoxicated or unlicensed drivers. A sobriety/driver license checkpoint is a proven effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment existing patrol operations. “By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorists from drinking and/or being unlicensed while driving,” Lieutenant Steffenson said.

Lieutenant Steffenson emphasized, “traffic volume permitting, all vehicles will be checked for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving unlicensed. Our objective is to send a clear message to those individuals that consider mixing alcohol or drugs and/or drive when unlicensed. The CHP & other Western Nevada County Law Enforcement agencies will be keeping a close eye out for you.”