SALINAS, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol will be holding checkpoints to catch drunk or under the influence drivers.
In an effort to reduce impaired driving, CHP officers will conduct the checkpoints on Friday, December 15 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
So far in 2017, Monterey County CHP officers have arrested 942 impaired drivers. There have been five fatal collisions involving someone driving under the influence. Six people were killed in those accidents. 101 others were injured in other impaired driving collisions.
“Everyone living within or visiting our communities for the holidays should feel safe as they travel on our roadways. Members of the CHP take the responsibility of saving lives very seriously and hope that DUI checkpoints, such as this one, will act as a deterrent and reminder of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. With all of the simple options for a safe ride home, there is simply no reason to put lives in danger by getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs”, said Captain Kelly Cardoza, commander of the CHP, Monterey Area Office.
CHP officials said driving while under the influence of marijuana, prescription drugs and other drug use is also illegal and becoming a growing safety concern.
A CHP drug recognition expert will be on site to assess whether or not a driver is under the influence of drugs.
If you suspect a driver is impaired call 9-1-1.