Cathedral City Police Department Hold DUI Checkpoint Jan. 19

CATHEDRAL CITY – Results of the Jan. 19, DUI checkpoint that the Cathedral City Police Department conducted are now in.

Cathedral City Police Department conducted a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on northbound Date Palm Drive/ Victoria Drive, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

The results of the checkpoint are:

  • 1075 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint.
  • 569 vehicles were screened.
  • 3 drivers arrested for DUI.
  • 1 driver arrested for driving on a suspended license.
  • 1 driver arrested for concealed possession of a loaded firearm.
  • 11 drivers cited for driving without a license.
  • 1 vehicle towed.

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.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes.

The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints are to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off the road.

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” Police Chief George Crum said. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety.”

Cathedral City Police 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.

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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