Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies will be on the lookout for drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol starting Monday and through New Year’s Day, the department said Thursday.

The department reminded motorists that impaired driving does not only include influence from alcohol and illegal drugs, but includes influence from prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana, especially when combined with alcohol and other drugs.

“This year has been challenging and difficult on all of us,” Sgt. Robert Hill said. “The last thing we need is more heartbreak and tragedy. Make the right choice by not driving impaired so everyone can have a safe holiday.”

The program is funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The public was urged to stay home and avoid large gatherings during the holidays to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The crackdown won’t be limited to Los Angeles, as most law enforcement agencies will be out in force around the state.

For example, additional police officers will be deployed in Indio on Friday, looking out for motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Indio Police Department did not disclose any planned checkpoints, but said the increased patrols set for the city will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and end at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Police warned that despite its recreational legality, marijuana could also lead to a DUI, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

Anyone arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol could spend time in jail and pay up to $13,500, including fines, fees, classes, license suspensions and other expenses.

Funding for the patrols is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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