Carlsbad DUI Checkpoint Announced for Saturday – NBC 7

The Carlsbad Police Department has announced that it will be setting up a DUI checkpoint on Saturday from 6 p.m. till 2 a.m. Sunday at a location that has not been disclosed. Alonso DeVelasco, Lieutenant at CPD, highlighted that impaired drivers pose a serious risk to other road users and any efforts in curbing this can significantly enhance road safety.

He further emphasized that impairment isn’t solely due to alcohol. Certain prescription and over-the-counter medications can interfere with one’s ability to drive. Even though medical and recreational use of marijuana is legal, driving under the influence of it is not.

For those charged with DUIs for the first time, they can expect to pay an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, in addition to having their license suspended.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has funded this program.

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