My News LA reported recently that additional DUI patrols and checkpoints are planned for the town of Desert Hot Springs in southern California over the upcoming holiday weekend, as part of planned measures to keep both residents and travelers safe over one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
According to officials from the Desert Hot Springs Police Department, additional officers will be deployed throughout the week to monitor traffic for motorists who may be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the holiday period. “We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and be safe when they must travel,” the Desert Hot Springs Police chief remarked. “Taking simple safety measures like driving sober, following the speed limit and wearing a seatbelt helps keep yourself and others safe.”
The Police Department did not disclose any planned checkpoints in specific but did state that the increased patrol period would last from Wednesday through Sunday. They noted that officers would be on the lookout for not only drunk motorists, but motorists who may be on prescription drugs, marijuana, or other narcotics.
Desert Hot Springs Police officials noted that not only does DUI create dangerous driving situations, but that DUI arrests often lead to jail time, and can cost motorists as much as $13,500 counting fines, fees, classes, license suspension, and other expenses factored in.