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DUI checkpoint planned in Paso Robles on Sunday

The Paso Robles Police Department will hold a traffic enforcement checkpoint in the city from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday to cut down on drunken driving.

The checkpoint is designed to check for drunken drivers and enforce traffic safety laws related to driver's licenses and other serious criminal activity, police said.

It comes as thousands of people visit the area for Memorial Day weekend.

The location of the checkpoint was not disclosed.

The checkpoint is one of six slated for throughout the year funded by a $33,000 state grant awarded to the city.

Future checkpoints with the grant will coincide with major holidays or events in the city, officials said, when people are suspected of drinking more alcohol and are believed to be more likely to drive while intoxicated.

The last checkpoint was held on May 22 — the day of the Paso Robles Wine Festival tasting in Downtown City Park.

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