My News LA reported recently that the Palm Springs Police Department reported a successful weekend with their driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint operations this past weekend, screening several hundred vehicles and arresting an allegedly intoxicated driver on the evening of Friday, May 1, 2021.
According to officials from the Palm Springs Police Department, a checkpoint to screen for drivers driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants was held along the 1100 block of East Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs between 9:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, April 30, 2021 and 2:00 a.m. PST on Saturday, May 1, 2021. 308 vehicles were screened in the incident, with one allegedly intoxicated driver arrested and a second motorist cited for driving a motor vehicle without a license. Palm Springs Police Department officials are planning a follow-up DUI checkpoint on May 21 in the city, although the location remains undisclosed.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on historical data related to DUI crashes and arrests, and are funded by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Those arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can spend time in jail and pay up to $13,500, including fines, fees, classes, license suspensions and other expenses.