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The Utah County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on SR-6 near Elberta in Utah County on Easter weekend.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office has been approved to operate sobriety checkpoints during Easter weekend at mile marker 147 on US Highway 6 (SR-6) beginning Thursday, March 24, at 3:00 PM and ending Monday, March 28, at 6:00 AM. The primary time the checkpoint will be operational will be on Friday, March 25, at 2:30 PM through Saturday, March 26, at 3:00 AM.

It is our experience that this is the first really busy weekend for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy traveling to the Little Sahara Recreation Area in Juab County. Leading up to, and during, this weekend there is a large increase in the traffic along US Highway 6 (SR-6) and State Road 68 (SR-68). While the vast majority of people going to Little Sahara do so safely and responsibly, it is also our experience that many people include as part of their experience there the use of alcohol and drugs. This makes the experience much more risky for those there who act responsibly. Sadly, some of those who take alcohol or drugs with them begin using them while on the way there.

The primary purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to deter impaired driving. As drivers enter the checkpoint a Deputy will ask them if they have consumed anything that might impair their ability to drive safely. Unless the Deputy detects something that leads them to believe the driver or occupants of the vehicle are involved in illegal activity the driver is sent on their way. For most drivers this interaction takes less than 30 seconds. Only when a Deputy suspects illegal activity is the driver asked to pull to the side of the road for further investigation.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO