Pomona police announced plans Monday for a Friday night crackdown on impaired drivers, who could face suspended drivers’ licenses or even jail time.
The checkpoint operation will be held from 9 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location, targeting motorists suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Stepped-up patrols will begin at 7 p.m.
“DUI checkpoints and patrol are done in locations with a history of DUI-related collisions and threats,” police said. “During the checkpoint, officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking for proper licensing.”
In 2018, 1,609 people died on roads in California, resulting from crashes involving drivers with blood alcohol content over the legal limit of 0.08, according to police.
“The Pomona Police Department reminds the public the impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription or over-the-counter medications with an operating heavy machinery warning on the label can also impair,” police said in a statement. “While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence or marijuana is illegal.”
The Pomona Police Department offered a series of precautions for the public and drives including:
— always use a designated sober driver, a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation, to get home;
— walking while impaired is also dangerous, have someone sober walk you home or stay with you until a sober driver is available to pick you up;
— report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1;
— offer nonalcoholic drinks at parties; and
— monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.