PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Palmdale this Friday, March 24, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., authorities announced.
“The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints is to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road,” according to a news release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license, sheriff’s officials said.
Funding for the DUI checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.