Huntington Beach

HBPD plans DUI checkpoint

A DUI checkpoint has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 29 (Shutterstock).

The Huntington Beach Police Department will hold a DUI Checkpoint on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on the history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The Huntington Beach Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.

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.


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  1. Great job! Strictly implementing the law is one key to prevent its dangers especially during the holidays. We oftentimes make poor decisions when drinking. Let’s remember that there are no safe amounts of alcohol to drink when we drive. Our best bet is to call a cab or ask someone else for a ride.

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