PALMDALE — In an effort to take drivers off the street who’re driving whereas drunk and/or medicine, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division’s Palmdale station will conduct a DUI checkpoint tonight.
It is going to be arrange from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at an undisclosed place within the metropolis limits. The first motive for the checkpoint is to advertise public security by deterring drivers from driving whereas beneath the affect.
Deputies will search for indicators that drivers could also be DUI, as they cross by the checkpoint.
“The security of our neighborhood is and at all times will likely be our mission,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Hill mentioned through a Nixle alert. “We’re searching for impaired drivers as a result of driving beneath the affect is harmful and places others on the street in danger.”
Drivers who’re charged with a first-time DUI will face a mean of $13,500 in penalties and fines and may have their license suspended.
Final week, the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station performed a checkpoint at eastbound Avenue J, close to Eighth Road East, by which 36 arrests had been made. Not all concerned had been arrested for DUI, nonetheless.
“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division reminds the general public that impaired driving isn’t just from alcohol,” the Nixle alert mentioned. “Some prescription medicines or over-the-counter medicine might intervene with driving. At all times observe instructions to be used and skim warning labels about driving or working heavy equipment, which incorporates driving a automotive.”
The alert additionally reminds the general public that whereas leisure and medicinal marijuana are authorized, driving beneath the affect of marijuana remains to be unlawful.
“In the event you plan on ingesting or taking medicines that will impression your means to drive safely, plan on staying residence,” the alert mentioned.
Checkpoint places are chosen based mostly on the historical past of arrests and DUI crashes.
The California Workplace of Site visitors Security, by the Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration, has supplied funding for the checkpoint through a grant.