LAGUNA BEACH, CA – The Laguna Beach Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at an undisclosed location within Laguna Beach city limits.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The Laguna Beach Police Department is committed to keeping the traveling public safe.
“The safety of our community is and always will be our mission,” said Laguna Beach Police Chief Jeff Calvert. “Our ultimate goal is to stop impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel in the first place since driving under the influence is dangerous and puts everyone on the road at risk."
Laguna Beach Police remind the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may also interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.
Drivers charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For further information, please contact Lieutenant Jim Cota at (949) 464-6671 or firstname.lastname@example.org