Since ancient times, Halloween has marked the end of the harvest season and where we are set to descend into the increased darkness of winter. It’s a time of costume parties and community get-togethers where people can dress up and celebrate. Unfortunately, however, it is also a time when the number of DUI arrests and crashes sharply increases.
MSN reports that the Fresno Police Department is among law enforcement agencies that have announced plans last week to increase the number of patrols from Friday, October 27, through Halloween on Tuesday, October 31.
The goal of any DUI checkpoint is to raise the public’s awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated and to remove motorists who are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. A sobriety checkpoint ensures all drivers’ safety on California’s streets and roads.
Law enforcement officials remind the public that a DUI charge can result not only for those driving under alcohol but also for marijuana and other illegal substances, some prescription medications, and even over-the-counter medications.
A DUI arrest and conviction in California can cost $13,500 or more in fines, penalties, and other related costs. A driver can have a suspended or revoked license for up to one year if convicted of DUI.