The Lompoc Police DUI Enforcement Team will deploy this holiday weekend to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers.
DUI saturation patrols will occur between 8 p.m and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests. The extra officers on the road, along with routine patrols, are aimed to reduce impaired driving, police said.
Drivers who take prescription drugs, particularly those with labels warning against driving or operating machinery, may be impaired enough to be driving under the influence.
Police said marijuana can also impair drivers, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
Drivers caught impaired can expect a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or DDVIP, free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free nonalcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The app has social media tie-ins and a tab for the non-designated driver to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.
Funding for the checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.