A San Diego Police DUI checkpoint. Courtesy SDPD

The San Diego Police Department’s traffic division will set up a DUI and license checkpoint somewhere in the city limits on Saturday night.

Officers will be stopping drivers between 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday to check for alcohol or marijuana impairment as well as proper licensing.

The department said the location of the checkpoint will be chosen based on prior DUI accidents and arrests.

Checkpoints like this are regularly announced in advance because of the deterrent effect on people who might drink or smoke to excess and then get behind the wheel.

“Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when well-publicized, proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely,” the department said.

People caught driving impaired 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

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Chris Jennewein

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