DUI Checkpoint Scheduled For Friday

Photo by Aaron Castrejon.

The California Highway Patrol announced a DUI checkpoint during the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

The DUI checkpoint will begin at 9 p.m. in an unincorporated area in Azusa. Officers trained to to detect impaired drivers will be equipped with hand-held breath test devices to be administered to suspected drunk drivers.

Drivers will see informational signs ahead of the checkpoint. Once in the proper lane, driver will be detained for a few minutes, the CHP said in a written statement.

If the volume of traffic becomes too heavy, every third or fifth vehicle will be checked to ensure objectivity, said CHP Captain Steve Urrea.

While acknowledging that DUI arrest rates do not rise dramatically, the psychological factor helps influence drivers to deter drunk driving, Urrea said.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.