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Four arrested at sobriety checkpoint

Reid Williams

SILVERTHORNE – A sobriety checkpoint Friday night netted only four arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence out of 277 that passed through the screening.

Officers from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Silverthorne, Dillon and Breckenridge police departments and the Colorado State Patrol conducted the checkpoint at U.S. Highway 6 and Little Beaver Trail.

The checkpoint is part of a statewide and national crackdown this summer on drunken driving, coordinated in Colorado by the department of transportation. The DUI Checkpoint Colorado program will conduct a total of 66 sobriety checks throughout the state this summer.

A similar checkpoint was conducted June 27 near mile 91 of Highway 9, near Tiger Run Resort. That checkpoint netted only two arrests out of 197 drivers.

Case law that developed over years of sobriety checkpoints requires police agencies to highly publicize the checkpoint beforehand. Departments also must post a road sign warning drivers of the upcoming checkpoint, and the checkpoint cannot be set up in a place where drivers don’t have the option of avoiding it.

– Reid Williams

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