Dublin Police to Ramp Up DUI Checkpoints and Patrols for Holiday Season

Dublin Police to Ramp Up DUI Checkpoints and Patrols for Holiday SeasonSource: Defense Visual Information Distribution Service
Eileen Vargas
Published on December 08, 2023

The Dublin Police Service is intensifying efforts to combat drunk driving this holiday season, announcing a DUI checkpoint scheduled for December 15. The checkpoint will operate from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits, according to the department's statement.

In addition to the checkpoint, Dublin's law enforcement will increase patrols the following night, extending from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The focus of these efforts is on areas with a history of DUI-related incidents and arrests, aligning with the department's robust strategy to curb alcohol and drug-related driving offenses.

Captain Gurvinder Gosal, in a statement on the city's official website, emphasized a no-nonsense approach: "Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk. Any preventative measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improves traffic safety."

Law enforcement officials remind the public that impairment isn't limited to just alcoholic drinks; legal prescriptions and over-the-counter medications with heavy machinery cautions can also pose risks. Despite marijuana's legal status, driving under the influence of it remains illegal, with penalties including hefty fines averaging $13,500, a suspended license, and potential jail time.

To avoid the financial and legal consequences, proactive citizens are encouraged to plan if they've consumed alcohol or medications. Options include arranging a ride with a sober friend, taking a cab, using ride-share apps, or opting for public transportation. Hosts of social gatherings are advised to keep an eye on their guests and assist them in getting home safely.

Dublin Police urge the public to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 promptly. This crackdown is part of an initiative supported by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant delivered through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.