Five motorists were arrested for driving under the influence at a July Fourth holiday DUI checkpoint set up on Highway 50 near Spooner Summit in Douglas County.
Of those four were allegedly under the influence of alcohol and a fifth was for marijuana, according to NHP Trooper Chuck Allen. Among the citations issued by officers were three for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, three for drug paraphernalia, nine child safety seat violations, four seat belt tickets, and seven additional traffic citations for various other violations. Furthermore, 10 minors were cited for alcohol consumption and their ages ranged from 16-20 years old.
During the eight-hour event, which started at 2 p.m., Reno and Sparks police officers, Washoe and Lyon sheriff’s deputies, and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers briefly spoke to each driver of the 3,547 vehicles that were stopped. All vehicles where motorists showed signs of alcohol or drug use, or if a violation was observed, were directed to the secondary screening area.
Several Northern Nevada law enforcement agencies teamed up and participated in the holiday DUI checkpoint as part of the “Joining Forces” funded traffic safety initiative. The administrative roadblock was set up on eastbound Highway 50 near Spooner Summit in Douglas County.
The DUI checkpoint was funded by the “Joining Forces” grant secured by the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety and paid for by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.