By SDCN Editor
Carlsbad, CA–The Carlsbad Police Department will hold a DUI checkpoint on Friday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. the next morning at Carlsbad Boulevard and Beech Avenue in Carlsbad.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI collisions and arrests. The primary purpose of the checkpoint is not to make arrests but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired, the Carlsbad Police Department said in a news release.
During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
“The safety of our community is our highest priority,” stated Officer Kyle Clement.
The Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just caused by alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or operating heavy machinery, which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
Anyone who plans on drinking or taking medications that may impact their ability to drive, should stay at home or plan for a safe ride home. Use a taxi or rideshare service.
Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.