Caltrans billboard warns of the dangers of drug use while driving. Courtesy Caltrans

The San Diego Police Department announced plans for a DUI and license checkpoint somewhere in the city limits on Thursday night.

The latest checkpoint will target marijuana users under a new “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze” campaign by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

“Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems,” the department said.

The checkpoint will be operating between 11 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday at a location chosen because of previous accidents and arrests. Officers will stop motorists briefly to check for drug or alcohol impairment and proper licensing.

Police regularly announce the checkpoints in advance because of the deterrent effect on people who might drink or take drugs and then drive.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.