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Paso Robles schedules DUI checkpoint Saturday night

Posted: 4:00 PM, Sep 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-14 19:19:58-04

Paso Robles Police Department is conducting a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday night at an undisclosed location within the city limits, according to a press release issued by the police department Thursday.

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

Police 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.

Throughout the past year, Paso Robles police have investigated nine DUI collisions, which claimed three lives and resulted in another seven injuries.

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.