Sheriff’s deputies will be screening vehicles looking for intoxicated drivers on Saturday in Rancho Mirage.
A DUI/ driver’s license checkpoint will be operated at an undisclosed location in the city between 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies will be looking for motorists driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, along with proper licensing. In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes, according to the sheriff’s department.
Marijuana can also lead to a DUI, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.
Those arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can spend time in jail and pay up to $13,500, including fines, fees, classes, license suspensions and other expenses.
Last year, sheriff’s officials investigated 15 DUI collisions in Rancho Mirage, which resulted in one death and 10 injuries.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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