Carlsbad, CA–Carlsbad Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on June 11 on Carlsbad Boulevard at Beech Avenue.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of a checkpoint is not to make arrests, but to promote awareness and deter drivers from driving impaired, according to Carlsbad police.
During the 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. checkpoint, officers will look for signs that a driver is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
“Safety for all who travel on Carlsbad’s roadways is a top priority,” said Lieutenant Steve Thomas, Carlsbad Police Department Traffic Unit. “Preventing or stopping drivers from choosing to drive under the influence is essential to roadway safety.”
Impaired driving is not just caused by alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Also, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.