A sobriety checkpoint in Palm Springs over the weekend netted no DUI arrests, although one person was arrested for possessing a gun unlawfully.
The Palm Springs Police Department conducted the checkpoint between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of North Indian Canyon Drive.
Of the 565 drivers screened, one person was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm.
In addition, five drivers were cited for driving unlicensed or with a suspended license.
Palm Springs police are planning another DUI checkpoint for April 30 in an undisclosed part of the city, where police officers will be searching for motorists driving under the influence of any impairing substance, not just alcohol.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department additionally deployed a similar checkpoint in Coachella beginning Friday night, but data from that operation has not been publicly released.
Marijuana can also lead to a DUI, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, police said.
In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes, according to authorities.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on historical data related to DUI crashes and arrests.
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.
The checkpoints were funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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