Police to conduct DUI and driver's license checkpoint

The Alhambra Police Department will conduct late Friday to early Saturday a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint at Garfield and Linda Vista avenues. Officers will be checking for impaired driving at the intersection from 7 p.m.-3 a.m.

Publicized DUI checkpoints reduce crashes involving an impaired driver by up to 20 percent, according to a statement from Alhambra PD. There have been 44 DUI-related accidents in Alhambra in the last three years, resulting in one death and 56 injuries, said Lt. Jennifer Wiese.

Drivers under the influence of drugs account for a growing number of DUI-related collisions, according to Alhambra PD. Specially trained officers will be on site Friday to evaluate those suspected of being under the influence of drugs, including illegal narcotics, many prescription drugs, marijuana, and even some over-the-counter medications.

If caught driving under the influence, a motorist could see over $10,000 in fines, fees, DUI classes, and other expenses, in addition to jail time.

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