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DUI checkpoint planned in Chula Vista

From 6 p.m. Friday to midnight on Saturday, officers from the Chula Vista Police Department will be conducting a driving under the influence checkpoint within city limits.
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Police are on the lookout for impaired driving this holiday at an undisclosed location.

The Chula Vista Police Department will be conducting a driving under the influence checkpoint from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight on Saturday within city limits. 

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

Although the focus historically has been on alcohol impairment, drug-impaired driving is receiving increased attention from agencies and policymakers. According to the California Highway Patrol, an estimated 30 percent of Americans will be involved in an alcohol-involved traffic collision in their lifetime. 

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

The CHP stressed that there is no safe way to drive while under the influence, and urges the public to plan ahead by designating a sober driver, calling a cab or family member, or staying at home or a hotel. 

Drivers convicted of a first-time DUI in California face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties and a suspended license.