By SDCN Editor
Escondido, CA–The Escondido Police Department will hold a DUI checkpoint on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. at an undisclosed location within the Escondido city limits.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired, Escondido Police Lt. Scott Walters said.
During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Drivers are urged to 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.
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 this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.