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

The Escondido Police Department said Wednesday it will conduct a driving under the influence checkpoint beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at an undisclosed location.

DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on data showing incidents of impaired driving-related crashes.

The EPD said impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

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

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

–City News Service