Palm Springs Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Next Week

According to a story on the My News LA website, the Palm Springs Police Department announced that they have scheduled a DUI checkpoint next week at an undisclosed location. 

On Tuesday, October 17, Sgt. Kevin Lu told reporters that the checkpoint will be held from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, to 1:00 a.m. Friday, October 27. Authorities have not said where the checkpoint will be located, but said that it will be selected based on elevated numbers of DUI crashes and arrests.

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Sgt. Lu said. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety,”

The Palm Springs Police Department reminds the public that a DUI charge is not just for those who operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A DUI charge can be issued if someone whose driving is impaired while under the influence of marijuana, some prescription, and even over-the-counter medications. 

According to California Vehicle Code 23152 (b and d), even a first-time DUI conviction could cost $13,500 in fines and penalties. Those convicted of DUI could also face losing their driver’s license for a period of six months to one year. 

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