By SDCN Staff
Carlsbad, CA–The Carlsbad Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint in the city on September 16, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., the next morning at Carlsbad Boulevard and Beech Avenue.
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, Carlsbad police stated in a release.
During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“DUI Checkpoints are a tool law enforcement can use to discourage and educate potential DUI drivers and help ensure safety on our roadways,” noted Carlsbad Police Traffic Sergeant Scott Meritt. “It is the Traffic Units highest priority to reduce the impact and tragic results of DUI drivers.”
Officers warn the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. They advised the public to follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or operating heavy machinery, which includes driving a car. Driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
Anyone who plans to drink 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 the program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.