A San Diego Police DUI checkpoint. Courtesy SDPD
A San Diego Police DUI checkpoint. Courtesy SDPD

The San Diego Police Department‘s traffic division announced plans for a DUI and license checkpoint on Saturday night.

Officers will be stopping drivers from 9 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday to check for alcohol or marijuana impairment as well as proper licensing.

The checkpoint will be set up at an undisclosed location somewhere in the city limits that has a record of previous DUI accidents and arrests.

Law enforcement agencies frequently announce checkpoints in advance, citing the deterrent effect on people who might drink or smoke to excess and then get behind the wheel.

“The deterrent effect of high visibility enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI  saturation patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or  drug impaired crashes,” according to the SDPD.

Drivers can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines,  fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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