Police plan DUI checkpoint in Long Beach Friday

Long Beach police announced today that they will hold a DUI and drivers license checkpoint from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, July 23.

The exact location wasn’t disclosed, but police said it will be in the South Patrol Division, which includes the Downtown, East Village, Alamitos Beach and Cambodia Town areas.

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests, police said in a news release.

Impaired driving can be caused not only by alcohol but also prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana, police said. Though legal, police remind that it is still illegal to use marijuana and drive.

Drivers charged with DUIs face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license, according to LBPD.

The LBPD urged anyone who plans on drinking or taking medications that could impact the ability to drive safely, to stay home.

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