By SDCN Staff
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, authorities said.
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.
During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” said Escondido Police Interim Chief of Police David Cramer. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”
The Escondido Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from 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.
Motorists who drink or take medications that may impact their ability to drive safely should stay at home, Escondido police said.
Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.