One person was arrested for driving under the influence during a DUI checkpoint on Citrus Avenue at Church Street Friday, May 21. Five other drivers were cited for driving without a valid license.
A total of 378 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lane of Citrus between 8 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday.
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 look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The Redlands Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan to stay at home.
Drivers charged with 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.
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