Fontana Police Department

The Fontana Police Department will hold a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, Oct. 24.  (Contributed image by Fontana Police Department)

The Fontana Police Department will hold a DUI checkpoint on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the Fontana city limits.

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired, the P.D. said in a news release.

During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

With the easing of stay-at-home restrictions and more bars and restaurants being allowed to open, the P.D. is committed to keeping the public safe, said Sergeant David Lally.

“The safety of our community is and always will be our mission,” Lally said. “We are still out there in the middle of a pandemic because driving under the influence is still dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources.”

The P.D. is reminding the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Residents are urged to always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or ”operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car.

While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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