Cypress Police Department

DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint planned for September 18 in Cypress

The Cypress Police Department will hold a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on September 18, 2021, from 8:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits.

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

During the checkpoint, officers will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The Cypress Police Department is committed to keeping the traveling public safe.

“The safety of our community is and always will be a priority,” Mayor Jon Peat said. “Our DUI checkpoints are not only to keep our roads safe, but also an opportunity to educate and inform the general public about the dangers of drunk driving.”

The Cypress Police Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or “operating heavy machinery,” including driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana is legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.

Drivers 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 program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This article was released by the Cypress Police Department.