Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD) will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday, Aug. 18, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
“California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes,” LBPD officials said in a press release. “Laguna Beach Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all 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.”
LBPD recommends drivers decide before going out whether they’re going to drink or drive, designate a sober driver or map out another safe way to get home by taxi, ride-share or public transportation. Report drunk drivers by calling 911.
Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the LBPD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.