The Delano Police Department will be holding a DUI and license checkpoint on Friday, February 28th within the city limits. The checkpoint will be held in an area with a "higher frequency of DUI-related collisions and arrests."
During the checkpoint, officers will be looking for drivers showing signs of impairment, as well as checking to see if drivers have proper licensing.
According to the DPD, "last year [the] Delano Police Department investigated nineteen (19) DUI collisions that left nine (9) individuals injured."
The DPD reminds drivers that DUI doesn't mean just alcohol impairment. "If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI."
Drivers caught driving impaired face possible jail time, as well as fines upwards of $13,500.
The DPD provided the following tips and suggestions:
- Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
- See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
- Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
- Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.