The Los Angeles Police Department recently issued a reminder to motorists that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”
West Side Today recently reported on its website that the Los Angeles Police Department recently released a statement that it will be conducting a DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint this week in Marina Del Rey.
The LAPD said that this is a part of a series of DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols it plans to conduct this week.
The law enforcement agency said intersections and areas chosen for the checkpoints and saturation patrols are based on the number of accidents and DUI-related arrests in a given area. Police officers will be looking for any signs of intoxication and/or drug impairment and checking if drivers have a proper and current license to operate a motor vehicle.
A spokesperson for the LAPD said that an arrest could not only result in those who have been drinking and driving. Motorists are reminded that marijuana and even some prescription drugs can be enough to cause a driver to be impaired.
The average cost of a DUI / impairment charge is $13,000, in addition to other penalties and related court costs. A DUI conviction in the state of California can also result in a suspended license.
The National Highway Traffic Administration and the California Office of Traffic Safety provide funding for the checkpoints and saturation patrols.