My News LA reported recently that Desert Hot Springs Police Department officers will conduct a DUI checkpoint operation on Friday, January 15, 2021 at an undisclosed location in the Inland Empire city.
Officials with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department confirmed that a checkpoint to monitor for individuals suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) will be operational from 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 15, 2021 to 1 a.m. PST on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at an undisclosed location in the city that was selected for its recent number of DUI arrests and accidents.
The Desert Hot Springs Police Department noted the following in a press release: “The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. We are still out there in the middle of a pandemic because driving under the influence is still dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources. Drivers taking prescription drugs, particularly those with labeled warnings about driving or operating machinery, may also become impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be an impairment, police said, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. DUI arrests can lead to jail time and cost motorists up to $13,500 in fines, fees, classes, license suspension and other expenses. The checkpoint is being funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”