The Chula Vista Police Department announced it will hold a driving under the influence checkpoint on Friday at an undisclosed location.
Authorities will hold the DUI checkpoint on Dec. 30 from 6 p.m. through 12 a.m. at an undisclosed location.
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.
“Impaired drivers put others on the road at significant risk,” said department agent Brian Carter. “Any prevention measures that reduce the number of impaired drivers on our roads, significantly improve traffic safety.”
Drivers convicted of a first-time DUI in California face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties and a suspended license.