The Torrance Police Department will conduct patrols for drivers suspected of driving under the influence Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Impaired driving is not just from alcohol as some prescription medications may also interfere with driving, Torrance Police Department Sgt. David Koenig said. Koenig advised drivers to follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving

Koenig also reminded drivers that although medicinal and recreational marihuana are legal, driving under the influence of marihuana is illegal.

“Impaired driving is preventable,” Koenig said. “It’s a choice. If you’ve been drinking or taken drugs that impair, make the right choice by finding a sober driver or alternate transportation to take you places.”

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license, Koenig said.

The patrols will be conducted from 6 p.m. Monday to 3 a.m Tuesday. They have been funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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