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A DUI checkpoint in San Diego County. Courtesy sheriff’s department

The Chula Vista Police Department announced plans for a drunk-driving checkpoint somewhere in the city limits on Friday night before the Labor Day weekend.

Officers will be stopping vehicles from 6 p.m. to midnight to check for alcohol or marijuana impairment.

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

“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” said Traffic Officer Oscar Miranda. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads significantly improve traffic safety.”

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

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Chris Jennewein

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