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PCSD, OVPD inspect 1,189 at sobriety checkpoint

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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:00 am

“Have you had anything to drink tonight?”

Close to 1,200 drivers were asked that question during a sobriety checkpoint conducted Saturday night on Oracle Road.

The annual event, a joint effort of the Oro Valley Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, took place at 8500 N. Oracle Road. Nine Oro Valley police officers took part in the overnight event.

Shortly after 9 p.m., about 30 officers and volunteers blocked both northbound and southbound traffic with the intent to identify and remove impaired drivers.

During the checkpoint, 1,189 vehicles came through. The officers issued six field sobriety tests, determined five DUIs and made three other arrests.

The checkpoint remained operational until midnight, after which the officers continued a saturation patrol in the greater Tucson area until 4 a.m.

The sobriety checkpoint is funded with a $160,000 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which pays for roughly 24 checkpoints a year that are held throughout Pima County.

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