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Chula Vista Police Department to Hold DUI Checkpoint This Weekend

Authorities said the checkpoint may be conducted at a location with a high rate of impaired driving-related crashes.
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The Chula Vista Police Department will be conducting a driving-under-the-influence checkpoint this weekend within city limits. 

The checkpoint will be conducted from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday at an undisclosed location in Chula Vista, authorities announced today. Authorities said the checkpoint may be conducted at a location with a high rate of impaired driving-related crashes.

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

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, driving while impaired refers to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. It is defined in the United States as a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than or equal to 0.08% (mass of alcohol per volume of blood in the body. 

Over 17,000 people are killed every year in alcohol-related traffic collisions. The California Highway Patrol reports one American life is lost every 22 minutes in an alcohol-related traffic collision.

Drivers with first-time DUI charges can face fines and penalties of $13,500 or more in addition to a suspended license.