A DUI checkpoint in San Diego. Courtesy San Diego Police

San Diego Police will set up a DUI and license checkpoint somewhere in the city limits on Saturday night.

Officers will be stopping drivers from 11 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday to check for alcohol or marijuana impairment as well as valid driver’s licenses.

Police also cautioned that prescription medications can cause impairment in combination with even a limited amount of alcohol or marijuana.

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on accident reports and frequency of DUI arrests, and are typically announced in advance as a warning.

“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,” the department said in a statement.

Consequences for drivers caught impaired include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and related expenses that can exceed $10,000.

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Chris Jennewein

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