The San Bruno Police Department will be holding a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint on September 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., aimed at taking suspected impaired drivers off the road and reducing the risk that they pose to public safety. According to the San Bruno Police Department, the location of the checkpoint has not been disclosed, but it will be based on data indicating areas with higher incidents of impaired driving-related crashes.
Chief Ryan Johansen emphasized the importance of prevention measures when it comes to impaired driving. He stated, "Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk. Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improve traffic safety." It's essential to recognize that impairment that may not only come from alcohol, but also from prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and marijuana.
Marijuana may be legal for medicinal and recreational purposes in California, but driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal. Drivers who are caught for the first time under the influence face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as the potential for a suspended license.
The funding for this program comes from a grant provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The authorities aim to use this checkpoint as an opportunity to educate the public about DUI risk and consequences, highlighting the dangers of impaired driving, and emphasizing the importance of using designated drivers or other safe transportation options when under the influence of any substance.