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Cedar Rapids police to conduct traffic safety check point Friday night

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Drivers be advised:

Thanks to a grant from Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau, the Cedar Rapids Police Department will be conducting a traffic safety check point on Friday night.

The check point, which is part of a national campaign called "Drive Sober or get Pulled Over Crackdown 2013", will focus on impaired driving.

While police have not released the location of the check point, they say it will begin at 11:00 p.m.

"Drunk driving is one crime that I have directed our officers to focus on in 2013. Drunk and impaired driving is illegal and hurts more than just the individual that is impaired. Far too many citizens are injured and killed in our community by drunk and impaired drivers. We will take extra efforts through Safety Check Points in an attempt to prevent this tragedy from happening to your family or mine," Chief Wayne Jerman said in a written statement. "Last year we had 7 fatalities with 8 deaths in Cedar Rapids. Of these, 5 were alcohol/drug related."

Cedar Rapids police arrested 736 people for operating while intoxicated in 2012.

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