East County News Service
March 16, 2023 (El Cajon) – If you’re planning on drinking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to bring a designated sober driver, take public transit, or call a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. The El Cajon Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint tomorrow evening, March 17, from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. in the 300 block of West Chase.
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, according to ECPD.
During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The El Cajon 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. Additionally, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.