DUI Check Point Results
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Story Originally Published: Hanford Police Officers’ Association
“On January 20, 2023, the Hanford Police Department held a DUI checkpoint at Lacey Blvd and 11th Avenue from 5 p.m to 11 p.m. During that time 672 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Twelve drivers were found to be unlicensed, two were driving on a suspended license for a prior DUI, four did not have a license in their possession, one driver was cited for open container of marijuana, one driver was cited for possession of methamphetamine and one driver was stopped and cited for not stopping for the checkpoint.
DUI checkpoint locations are determined based on reported incidents of impaired driving related arrests and crashes. The primary purpose of DUI checkpoints are to promote public safety by taking suspected impaired drivers off roads. The Hanford Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving.
While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal. Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with a first-time DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for this checkpoint was provided by the California Highway Patrol Cannabis DUI Grant.”