The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
It will take place in the southbound lane of Cajon Street, between Cypress and Palm Avenues.
“The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays due to an increase in impaired-driving fatalities,” said Redlands Police Sgt. Rick Smith in a statement. “Too many people die behind the wheel each year due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers.”
While most celebrations took place on Wednesday during the actual holiday, many people took the rest of the week off from work, and are attending parties through the end of the week.
“The amount of alcohol that one can consume during a day-long party or celebration can drastically impair the motor skills needed to drive safely,” said Smith. “Add the fact that many others may be out driving impaired, and that visual skills also decrease at night, and you have a recipe for disaster.”
According to Public Information Officer Carl Baker, since last Friday, Redlands Police have arrested one man for driving under the influence and cited more than 30 drivers for various traffic violations during grant-funded enforcement operations. On Friday, Redlands Police targeted drivers on Live Oak and San Timoteo Canyon Roads who did not stop at stop signs or crossed illegally over double yellow lines. Brian Haalboom, 27, was arrested for driving under the influence; while operating an SUV that was pulling a boat trailer, Haalboom ran three stop signs.