by Photo courtesy of the Chula Vista Police Department

Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at a checkpoint, the Chula Vista Police
Department announced Saturday. 

The checkpoint was conducted on North Fourth Avenue between 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, said Sgt. Anthony Molina of the CVPD. Of the 1,740 vehicles traveling through the checkpoint, 714 vehicles were screened and field sobriety tests were conducted on three drivers, the sergeant said.

Fifteen unlicensed or suspended license citations were issued and five vehicles were impounded.

A DUI does not just mean alcohol, according to the CHP. The violation involves alcohol, cannabis, certain prescription, over-the-counter medications, illegal drugs, or any combination that can affect your ability to drive and will result in an arrest if you are under the influence.

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

According to the California Highway Patrol, drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of arrests to include jail time, fines, fees. DUI classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. 

In October 2021, the CHP and the California Office of Traffic Safety partnered to reduce the number of crashes caused by impaired drivers in The Impaired Driving Reduction (IDR) education and enforcement campaign, which continues through Sept.30, 2022

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