Redlands police plan to crack down on drunk and drugged drivers with DUI checkpoints on consecutive nights this weekend, in advance of New Years Eve on Monday.
The first checkpoint is scheduled 10 p.m. Friday Dec. 28 to 3 a.m. Saturday Dec. 29 on northbound Orange Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and San Bernardino Avenue, a city spokesman said.
The second checkpoint is scheduled 10 p.m. Saturday Dec. 29 to 3 a.m. Sunday Dec. 30 on southbound Cajon Street between Palm Avenue and Cypress Avenue, the spokesman said.
"Officers will contact drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment," Redlands spokesman Carl Baker said in a statement.
"Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily," Baker said. "When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving."
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, Baker advised.
"Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed four lives and resulted in 98 injury crashes harming 100 of our friends and neighbors," Redlands Police Sgt. Ricky Smith said in the same statement.
Funding for checkpoints in Redlands is provided by grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.