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Cedar Rapids police to conduct traffic safety check on Friday

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

The safety check point, which is part of a national campaign called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Crackdown 2013," focuses on impaired driving due to drug and alcohol use.

While a location has not been released, the checkpoint is slated to begin at 11 p.m.

"Drunk driving is one crime that I have directed our officers to focus on in 2013," Chief Wayne Jerman said in a written statement. "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," Jerman added. "Last year we had seven fatalities with eight deaths in Cedar Rapids. Of these, five were alcohol/drug related."

Cedar Rapids Police say they arrested 736 people for operating while intoxicated in 2012.

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