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CHP San Luis Obispo to conduct DUI checkpoint Saturday night

Posted at 5:37 PM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 22:07:16-05
CHP San Luis Obispo to conduct DUI checkpoint Saturday night

The California Highway Patrol San Luis Obispo Area is conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint Saturday night.

The checkpoint will take place from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on northbound Orcutt Road and just north of Story Street, according to a press release issued by the police department.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, as well as checking drivers for proper licensing.

Officers also said they want to remind drivers "DUI doesn't just mean booze" - for example, if you are taking prescription drugs that contain a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you may be impaired enough to receive a DUI.

The press release also warns of the impairment marijuana can cause, especially if used in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

The department said DUI checkpoints are set in areas based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests.

1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads in 2017.