Update: Police screen 606 drivers, arrest one, at DUI checkpoint
Paso Robles Police screen drivers at DUI checkpoint on Spring Street
On Saturday night, the Paso Robles Police Department screened 606 drivers, conducted field sobriety tests on six drivers, arrested one person for DUI, and towed one vehicle for a suspended drivers license, according to Paso Robles Police Commander Caleb Davis.
The checkpoint was at Spring and 8th streets in downtown Paso Robles on Saturday night between 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers screened drivers looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.
Paso Robles Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” 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. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last 12 months PRPD investigated nine DUI collisions which claimed 3 lives and resulted in another 7 injuries.
Paso Robles Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:
- 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 are drinking and how they are getting home.
- Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Paso Robles Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
-Photo by Anthony Reed