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The Utah County Sheriff's Office, assisted by other law enforcement agencies, conducted a sobriety checkpoint in the southwest part of Utah County.

On April 16, 2011, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint on SR-6 at mile marker 147 in the southwest part of Utah County between Elberta and Eureka. This location and date were selected because of the high volume of traffic that passes through the area over the Easter weekend. The majority of the people traveling through this area on this weekend are going to the Little Sahara recreation area. This is typically the first big weekend of the year for off road enthusiasts going there. Also assisting at the checkpoint were officers with the Utah Division of Natural Resources and Utah State Parks.

The Sobriety Checkpoint began around 1:00 P.M. and concluded about 11:30 P.M. More than 1,000 vehicles came through the checkpoint. Motorists were advised of the purpose of the checkpoint then were asked if they had consumed any substances that might impair their ability to drive safely. For the vast majority of these motorists the encounter was brief, lasting less than a minute.

If deputies see or smell anything during this brief encounter that leads them to believe the driver or occupants of the vehicle might be involved in illegal activity then the driver is asked to pull to the side of the road. From there the deputy will conduct an investigation to determine if the driver or occupants are involved in illegal activity. The primary focus is on illegal acts that might cause the driver to be impaired and unable to safely operate a vehicle.

During the course of this Sobriety Checkpoint the following actions were taken:
DUI Arrests - 5;
Misdemeanor Drug Arrests - 20;
Felony Drug Arrests - 1;
Alcohol Arrests - 21;
Traffic Citations - 13;
Vehicle Impounds - 6;
Persons Booked Into Jail - 6

For questions call Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff’s Office, 801-404-1912.