The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested two drivers for driving under the influence of marijuana at a DUI checkpoint on Sept. 13 on Fairfax Avenue, south of Santa Monica Boulevard.
One additional driver was cited for operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and the car was towed.
Motorists convicted of driving under the influence can expect fines and fees totaling approximately $13,500, license suspension and possible jail time. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, can impair and result in a DUI arrest. Marijuana can also cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or other drugs.
DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of arrests. Last year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated 395 DUI collisions that killed 21 people and injured 590 others.
Funding for the checkpoint in West Hollywood was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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